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  1. Phase behavior, formation, and rheology of cubic phase and related gel emulsion in Tween 80/water/oil systems.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Ushiyama, Kousuke; Aramaki, Kenji

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the phase behavior, formation, and rheology of the cubic phase (I(1)) and related O/I(1) gel emulsion in water/Tween 80/oil systems using squalane, liquid paraffin (LP), and decane as oil components. In the phase behavior study, the phase sequences were similar for squalane and LP systems, while a lamellar liquid crystal (L(alpha)) was observed for decane system. In all the systems the addition of oil to W(m) or H(1) phase induced the I(1) phase, which can solubilize some amounts of oil followed by the appearance of I(1)+O phase. The formation of the O/I(1) gel emulsion has been studied at a fixed w/s (50/50) and we found that 30 wt% decane, 70 wt% squalane, and 60 wt% LP can form the gel emulsion. The water/Tween 80/squalane system has been taken as a model system to study viscoelastic properties of the I(1) phase and O/I(1) gel emulsion. The I(1) phase shows a typical hard gel cubic structure under the frequency and the values of the complex viscosity, /eta*/ and the elastic modulus, G ' increase with the addition of squalane, which could be due to the neighboring micellar interaction. On the other hand, the decreasing values of the viscoelastic parameters in the O/I(1) gel emulsion simply relate to the volume fraction of the I(1) phase in the system.

  2. Effect of shear on cubic phases in gels of a diblock copolymer

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    Hamley, I.W.; Pople, J.A.; Fairclough, J.P.A.;

    1998-01-01

    The effect of shear on the orientation of cubic micellar phases formed by a poly(oxyethylene)poly(oxybutylene) diblock copolymer in aqueous solution has been investigated using small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). SAXS was performed on samples oriented in...... to form a macroscopically oriented domain. Shear only homogenized the sample, producing a powder SAXS pattern from a fcc structure....

  3. Effect of molecular weight of triglycerides on the formation and rheological behavior of cubic and hexagonal phase based gel emulsions.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2009-08-01

    The effect of triglyceride molecular weight on the formation and rheology of cubic (O/I(1)) and hexagonal (O/H(1)) phase based gel emulsions has been studied in water/C(12)EO(8) systems. It was found that the addition of TDG (1,2,3-tridecanoyl glycerol) in the micellar solution leads to the formation of the I(1) phase, which can solubilize some added oil. From SAXS data, it is revealed that the interlayer spacing (d) and the length of hydrophobic part (r(I)) increase with increasing TDG concentration in the I(1) phase, whereas the effective cross-sectional area (a(s)) decreases. After the oil solubilization limit, the d value remains nearly constant, indicating the I(1)+O phase appears. The high viscosity of the I(1) phase facilitates the formation of the O/I(1) gel emulsion. It has been observed that the formation and stability of the O/I(1) and O/H(1) gel emulsion is highly dependent on the molecular weight of triglycerides, namely, the high molecular weight triglycerides show better performance (formation and stability) compared to the low molecular weight triglycerides. The rheological behavior of the I(1) phase was found to change from viscoelastic to elastic nature with TDG content. The values of the complex viscosity, mid absolute value(eta*) show different trends at different fixed frequencies within the I(1) phase, whereas it decrease monotonically in the O/I(1) gel emulsions. The increasing values of the absolute value(eta*) (at lower frequency) could be due to the neighboring micellar interaction and decreasing values of the absolute value(eta*) in the O/I(1) gel emulsion could relate to the volume fraction of the I(1) phase in the system. It is also figured out that the rheological parameters (elastic modulus, viscous modulus, and absolute value(eta*)) of the O/I(1) the gel emulsion do not depend on the oil nature, whereas the O/H(1) gel emulsion shows oil nature dependency.

  4. Tetragonal-cubic phase boundary in nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid solutions synthesized by gel-combustion

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    Fabregas, Ismael O. [CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA-CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Craievich, Aldo F.; Fantini, Marcia C.A. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Travessa R da Rua do Matao, No. 187, Cidade Universitaria, 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Millen, Ricardo P.; Temperini, Marcia L.A. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Prof. Lineu Prestes 748, Cidade Universitaria, 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Lamas, Diego G., E-mail: dlamas@uncoma.edu.ar [CINSO (Centro de Investigaciones en Solidos), CITEFA-CONICET, J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Laboratorio de Caracterizacion de Materiales, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, (8300) Neuquen Capital, Prov. de Neuquen (Argentina)

    2011-04-21

    Research highlights: > Gel-combustion synthesis yields compositionally homogeneous, single-phased ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders, that exhibit the presence at room temperature of three different phases depending on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, namely two tetragonal forms (t' and t'') and the cubic phase. > Phase identification can be achieved by synchrotron XPD (SXPD) and Raman spectroscopy since the tetragonal forms and the cubic phase can be distinguished by these techniques. > The crystallographic features of ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders were determined by SXPD. They are similar to those reported by Yashima and coworkers for compositionally homogeneous materials containing larger (micro)crystals. However, the lattice parameters are slightly different and the axial ratios c/a of our t' samples are smaller than those reported by these authors. > Compositional t'/t'' and t''/cubic phase boundaries are located at (9 {+-} 1) and (10.5 {+-} 0.5) mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, respectively. > For the whole series of nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid solutions studied in the present work, no evidences of the presence of a mixture of phases - as reported by Yashima and coworkers for microcrystalline solid solutions - were detected. - Abstract: By means of synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (SXPD) and Raman spectroscopy, we have detected, in a series of nanocrystalline and compositionally homogeneous ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid solutions, the presence at room temperature of three different phases depending on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} content, namely two tetragonal forms and the cubic phase. The studied materials, with average crystallite sizes within the range 7-10 nm, were synthesized by a nitrate-citrate gel-combustion process. The crystal structure of these phases was also investigated by SXPD. The results presented here indicate that the studied nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} solid

  5. Lipidic cubic phase injector facilitates membrane protein serial femtosecond crystallography.

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    Weierstall, Uwe; James, Daniel; Wang, Chong; White, Thomas A; Wang, Dingjie; Liu, Wei; Spence, John C H; Bruce Doak, R; Nelson, Garrett; Fromme, Petra; Fromme, Raimund; Grotjohann, Ingo; Kupitz, Christopher; Zatsepin, Nadia A; Liu, Haiguang; Basu, Shibom; Wacker, Daniel; Han, Gye Won; Katritch, Vsevolod; Boutet, Sébastien; Messerschmidt, Marc; Williams, Garth J; Koglin, Jason E; Marvin Seibert, M; Klinker, Markus; Gati, Cornelius; Shoeman, Robert L; Barty, Anton; Chapman, Henry N; Kirian, Richard A; Beyerlein, Kenneth R; Stevens, Raymond C; Li, Dianfan; Shah, Syed T A; Howe, Nicole; Caffrey, Martin; Cherezov, Vadim

    2014-01-01

    Lipidic cubic phase (LCP) crystallization has proven successful for high-resolution structure determination of challenging membrane proteins. Here we present a technique for extruding gel-like LCP with embedded membrane protein microcrystals, providing a continuously renewed source of material for serial femtosecond crystallography. Data collected from sub-10-μm-sized crystals produced with less than 0.5 mg of purified protein yield structural insights regarding cyclopamine binding to the Smoothened receptor.

  6. Cubic Phases, Cubosomes and Ethosomes for Cutaneous Application.

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    Esposito, Elisabetta; Drechsler, Markus; Nastruzzi, Claudio; Cortesi, Rita

    2016-01-01

    Cutaneous administration represents a good strategy to treat skin diseases, avoiding side effects related to systemic administration. Apart from conventional therapy, based on the use of semi-solid formulation such as gel, ointments and creams, recently the use of specialized delivery systems based on lipid has been taken hold. This review provides an overview about the use of cubic phases, cubosomes and ethosomes, as lipid systems recently proposed to treat skin pathologies. In addition in the final part of the review cubic phases, cubosomes and ethosomes are compared to solid lipid nanoparticles and lecithin organogel with respect to their potential as delivery systems for cutaneous application. It has been reported that lipid nanosystems are able to dissolve and deliver active molecules in a controlled fashion, thereby improving their bioavailability and reducing side-effects. Particularly lipid matrixes are characterized by skin affinity and biocompatibility allowing their application on skin. Indeed, after cutaneous administration, the lipid matrix of cubic phases and cubosomes coalesces with the lipids of the stratum comeum and leads to the formation of a lipid depot from which the drug associated to the nanosystem can be released in the deeper skin strata in a controlled manner. Ethosomes are characterized by a malleable structure that promotes their interaction with skin, improving their potential as skin delivery systems with respect to liposomes. Also in the case of solid lipid nanoparticles it has been suggested a deep interaction between lipid matrix and skin strata that endorses sustained and prolonged drug release. Concerning lecithin organogel, the peculiar structure of this system, where lecithin exerts a penetration enhancer role, allows a deep interaction with skin strata, promoting the transdermal absorption of the encapsulated drugs.

  7. Hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion): formation and rheology.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2008-11-04

    The formation, stability, and rheological behavior of a hexagonal phase based gel-emulsion (O/H1 gel-emulsion) have been studied in water/C12EO8/hydrocarbon oil systems. A partial phase behavior study indicates that the oil nature has no effect on the phase sequences in the ternary phase diagram of water/C12EO8/oil systems but the domain size of the phases or the oil solubilization capacity considerably changes with oil nature. Excess oil is in equilibrium with the hexagonal phase (H1) in the ternary phase diagram in the H1+O region. The O/H1 gel-emulsion was prepared (formation) and kept at 25 degrees C to check stability. It has been found that the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion depends on the oil nature. After 2 min observation (formation), the results show that short chain linear hydrocarbon oils (heptane, octane) are more apt to form a O/H1 gel-emulsion compared to long chain linear hydrocarbon oils (tetradecane, hexadecane), though the stability is not good enough in either system, that is, oil separates within 24 h. Nevertheless, the formation and stability of the O/H1 gel-emulsion is appreciably increased in squalane and liquid paraffin. It is surmised that the high transition temperature of the H1+O phase and the presence of a bicontinuous cubic phase (V1) might hamper the formation of a gel-emulsion. It has been pointed out that the solubilization of oil in the H1 phase could be related to emulsion stability. On the other hand, the oil nature has little or no effect on the formation and stability of a cubic phase based gel-emulsion (O/I1 gel-emulsion). From rheological measurements, it has found that the rheogram of the O/H1 gel-emulsion indicates gel-type structure and shows shear thinning behavior similar to the case of the O/I1 gel-emulsion. Rheological data infer that the O/I1 gel-emulsion is more viscous than the O/H1 gel-emulsion at room temperature but the O/H1 gel-emulsion shows consistency at elevated temperature.

  8. New cubic structure compounds as actinide host phases

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    Stefanovsky, S V [SIA Radon, 7th Rostovskii lane 2/14, Moscow 119121 (Russian Federation); Yudintsev, S V; Livshits, T S, E-mail: profstef@mtu-net.ru [Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry RAS, Staromonetny lane 35, Moscow 119017 (Russian Federation)

    2010-03-15

    Various compounds with fluorite (cubic zirconia) and fluorite-derived (pyrochlore, zirconolite) structures are considered as promising actinide host phases at immobilization of actinide-bearing nuclear wastes. Recently some new cubic compounds - stannate and stannate-zirconate pyrochlores, murataite and related phases, and actinide-bearing garnet structure compounds were proposed as perspective matrices for complex actinide wastes. Zirconate pyrochlore (ideally Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) has excellent radiation resistance and high chemical durability but requires high temperatures (at least 1500 deg. C) to be produced by hot-pressing from sol-gel derived precursor. Partial Sn{sup 4+} substitution for Zr{sup 4+} reduces production temperature and the compounds REE{sub 2}ZrSnO{sub 7} may be hot-pressed or cold pressed and sintered at {approx}1400 deg. C. Pyrochlore, A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7-x} (two-fold elementary fluorite unit cell), and murataite, A{sub 3}B{sub 6}C{sub 2}O{sub 20-y} (three-fold fluorite unit cell), are end-members of the polysomatic series consisting of the phases whose structures are built from alternating pyrochlore and murataite blocks (nano-sized modules) with seven- (2C/3C/2C), five- (2C/3C), eight- (3C/2C/3C) and three-fold (3C - murataite) fluorite unit cells. Actinide content in this series reduces in the row: 2C (pyrochlore) > 7C > 5C > 8C > 3C (murataite). Due to congruent melting murataite-based ceramics may be produced by melting and the firstly segregated phase at melt crystallization is that with the highest fraction of the pyrochlore modules in its structure. The melts containing up to 10 wt. % AnO{sub 2} (An = Th, U, Np, Pu) or REE/An fraction of HLW form at crystallization zoned grains composed sequentially of the 5C {yields} 8C {yields} 3C phases with the highest actinide concentration in the core and the lowest - in the rim of the grains. Radiation resistance of the 'murataite' is comparable to titanate pyrochlores. One

  9. Serial femtosecond crystallography of soluble proteins in lipidic cubic phase

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    Raimund Fromme

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs enables high-resolution protein structure determination using micrometre-sized crystals at room temperature with minimal effects from radiation damage. SFX requires a steady supply of microcrystals intersecting the XFEL beam at random orientations. An LCP–SFX method has recently been introduced in which microcrystals of membrane proteins are grown and delivered for SFX data collection inside a gel-like membrane-mimetic matrix, known as lipidic cubic phase (LCP, using a special LCP microextrusion injector. Here, it is demonstrated that LCP can also be used as a suitable carrier medium for microcrystals of soluble proteins, enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of crystallized protein required for data collection compared with crystals delivered by liquid injectors. High-quality LCP–SFX data sets were collected for two soluble proteins, lysozyme and phycocyanin, using less than 0.1 mg of each protein.

  10. Phase diagrams and synthesis of cubic boron nitride

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    Turkevich, V Z

    2002-01-01

    On the basis of phase equilibria, the lowest temperatures, T sub m sub i sub n , above which at high pressures cubic boron nitride crystallization from melt solution is allowable in terms of thermodynamics have been found for a number of systems that include boron nitride.

  11. Interaction of dispersed cubic phases with blood components

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    Bode, J C; Kuntsche, Judith; Funari, S S;

    2013-01-01

    The interaction of aqueous nanoparticle dispersions, e.g. based on monoolein/poloxamer 407, with blood components is an important topic concerning especially the parenteral way of administration. Therefore, the influence of human and porcine plasma on dispersed cubic phases was investigated...

  12. Reversible Nanoparticle Cubic Lattices in Blue Phase Liquid Crystals.

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    Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Manet, Sabine; Lhermitte, Julien; Brown, Sarah; Milette, Jonathan; Toader, Violeta; Sutton, Mark; Reven, Linda

    2016-03-22

    Blue phases (BPs), a distinct class of liquid crystals (LCs) with 3D periodic ordering of double twist cylinders involving orthogonal helical director twists, have been theoretically studied as potential templates for tunable colloidal crystals. Here, we report the spontaneous formation of thermally reversible, cubic crystal nanoparticle (NP) assemblies in BPs. Gold NPs, functionalized to be highly miscible in cyanobiphenyl-based LCs, were dispersed in BP mixtures and characterized by polarized optical microscopy and synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The NPs assemble by selectively migrating to periodic strong trapping sites in the BP disclination lines. The NP lattice, remarkably robust given the small particle size (4.5 nm diameter), is commensurate with that of the BP matrix. At the BP I to BP II phase transition, the NP lattice reversibly switches between two different cubic structures. The simultaneous presence of two different symmetries in a single material presents an interesting opportunity to develop novel dynamic optical materials.

  13. Quantum Phase Transitions in Anti-ferromagnetic Planar Cubic Lattices

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    Wellard, C J; Wellard, Cameron; Orus, Roman

    2004-01-01

    Motivated by its relation to an NP-hard problem we analyze the ground state properties of anti-ferromagnetic Ising-spin networks in planar cubic lattices under the action of homogeneous transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields. We consider different instances of the cubic geometry and find a set of quantum phase transitions for each one of the systems, which we characterize by means of entanglement behavior and majorization theory. Entanglement scaling at the critical region is in agreement with results arising from conformal symmetry, therefore even the simplest planar systems can display very large amounts of quantum correlation. No conclusion can be made as to the scaling behavior of the minimum energy gap, with the data allowing equally good fits to exponential and power law decays. Analysis of entanglement and especially of majorization instead of the energy spectrum proves to be a good way of detecting quantum phase transitions in highly frustrated configurations.

  14. Synthesis of Al3Fe5O12 Cubic Structure by Extremely Low Sintering Temperature of Sol Gel Technique

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    Noorhana Yahya

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Fabrication of nano materials particularly nano inductors at low sintering temperature remains a challenge. This study was carried out as our initial response to obtain a nano-size inductors, which is aluminium iron garnet using low sintering temperature. Approach: The aluminum iron garnet (Al3Fe5O12 nano crystals were prepared by sol-gel technique. The starting solution is a mixture of iron nitrate Fe(NO33.9H2O, yttrium nitrate Y(NO33.6H2O and aluminum nitrate Al(NO33.9H2O and were dissolved in 150 mL of citric acid, C6H8O7.H2O. The mixtures were stirred continuously, at about 250 r.p.m, in room temperature until the formation of a gel was observed. The gel was dried at 110°C in an oven to remove the unneeded water. The dried powder was calcined at 600°C, for 3 h in air and was wet crushed using a Fritsch Planetary Micromill for 6 h to obtain fine particles powder. The sample was then characterized by X-Ray Diffraction analysis (XRD to confirm the garnet phase. The sintered powder was characterized at different temperature by X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman Spectroscopy was used to study the vibration of atoms in a materials. Finally, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM was used to study the surface morphology of the sample. Results: The XRD results showed that, the best garnet cubic phase giving [1 0 4] plane of the Al3Fe5O12 crystallite appeared at 33.30 of the 2 theta. We report a clear cubic crystal structure of less than 62 nm, which was observed possible for the first time, for this type of garnet, Al3Fe5O12. The much lower sintering temperature 800°C comparing to the conventional method was attributed to the sol gel method. Conclusion: The long stirring time (one month that had allowed self assembly of the anions and cations to form the gelatin. In addition the small radius of aluminium prefers to occupy the tetrahedron and octahedron sites instead of the much larger dodecahedron site resulted to

  15. Non-spherical micelles in an oil-in-water cubic phase

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    Leaver, M.; Rajagopalan, V.; Ulf, O.

    2000-01-01

    The cubic phase formed between the microemulsion and hexagonal phases of the ternary pentaethylene glycol dodecyl ether (C12E5)-decane-water system and that doped with small amounts of sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) have been investigated. The presence of discrete oil-swollen micelles in the cubic...... phase, both with and without SDS, was established by NMR self-diffusion. In addition H-2 NMR relaxation experiments have demonstrated that the micelles in the cubic phase are non-spherical, having grown and changed shape upon formation of the cubic phase from the micellar solution. Small angle...... scattering experiments indicate that the lattice parameter for the cubic phase is inconsistent with a simple packing of micelles. Whilst insufficient reflections were observed to establish the space group of the cubic phase uniquely, those that were are consistent with two commonly observed space groups...

  16. Lipidic cubic phase serial millisecond crystallography using synchrotron radiation

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    Przemyslaw Nogly

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Lipidic cubic phases (LCPs have emerged as successful matrixes for the crystallization of membrane proteins. Moreover, the viscous LCP also provides a highly effective delivery medium for serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs. Here, the adaptation of this technology to perform serial millisecond crystallography (SMX at more widely available synchrotron microfocus beamlines is described. Compared with conventional microcrystallography, LCP-SMX eliminates the need for difficult handling of individual crystals and allows for data collection at room temperature. The technology is demonstrated by solving a structure of the light-driven proton-pump bacteriorhodopsin (bR at a resolution of 2.4 Å. The room-temperature structure of bR is very similar to previous cryogenic structures but shows small yet distinct differences in the retinal ligand and proton-transfer pathway.

  17. Stability of the high-pressure body-centered-cubic phase of helium

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    Frenkel, D.

    1986-01-01

    This paper report absolute free-energy calculations of the fluid, body-centered-cubic, and face-centered-cubic phases of helium at T=327.04 K. We find that at and around this temperature the model potential proposed by Aziz et al. doe not yield a stable bcc phase. Quantum corrections do not alter th

  18. Stability of the high-pressure body-centered-cubic phase of helium

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    Frenkel, D.

    1987-01-01

    This paper report absolute free-energy calculations of the fluid, body-centered-cubic, and face-centered-cubic phases of helium at T=327.04 K. We find that at and around this temperature the model potential proposed by Aziz et al. doe not yield a stable bcc phase. Quantum corrections do not alter this conclusion

  19. Multiple phase estimation in digital holographic interferometry using product cubic phase function

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    Kulkarni, Rishikesh; Rastogi, Pramod

    2013-10-01

    Digital holographic interferometry (DHI) involves multi-directional illumination of an object to measure the in-plane and out-of plane displacements simultaneously. This results in multiple interference phases which have to be reliably estimated. The paper proposes a method where the interference field is represented as sum of multicomponent quadratic phase signal. Subsequently, product cubic phase function (PCPF) is used to estimate the quadratic coefficients. Using these coefficients multiple interference phases are estimated. The applicability of this method in DHI is demonstrated with simulation results.

  20. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Cubic Bismuth Zinc Niobium Oxide Nanopowders

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    Ganchimeg Perenlei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobium oxide (BZN was successfully synthesized by a diol-based sol-gel reaction utilizing metal acetate and alkoxide precursors. Thermal analysis of a liquid suspension of precursors suggests that the majority of organic precursors decompose at temperatures up to 150°C, and organic free powders form above 350°C. The experimental results indicate that a homogeneous gel is obtained at about 200°C and then converts to a mixture of intermediate oxides at 350–400°C. Finally, single-phased BZN powders are obtained between 500 and 900°C. The degree of chemical homogeneity as determined by X-ray diffraction and EDS mapping is consistent throughout the samples. Elemental analysis indicates that the atomic ratio of metals closely matches a Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 composition. Crystallite sizes of the BZN powders calculated from the Scherrer equation are about 33–98 nm for the samples prepared at 500–700°C, respectively. The particle and crystallite sizes increase with increased sintering temperature. The estimated band gap of the BZN nanopowders from optical analysis is about 2.60–2.75 eV at 500-600°C. The observed phase formations and measured results in this study were compared with those of previous reports.

  1. Mechanism of the body-centered cubic--hexagonal close-packed phase transition in iron.

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    Bassett, W A; Huang, E

    1987-11-06

    The transition from body-centered cubic to hexagonal close-packed phase in iron has been studied in a diamond anvil cell with synchrotron radiation. The hexagonal close-packed phase, when it first appears, has a ratio of lattice parameters that is significantly larger than normal. This is attributed to a displacive mechanism that causes a distortion of the hexagonal close-packed structure in a body-centered cubic matrix. The hexagonal close-packed phase adjacent to a boundary with the body-centered cubic phase is stretched in the c direction and compressed in the a direction when it first forms.

  2. Multiple-phase behavior and memory effect of polymer gel

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    Annaka, M; Nakahira, T; Sugiyama, M; Hara, K; Matsuura, T

    2002-01-01

    A poly(4-acrylamidosalicylic acid) gel (PASA gel) exhibits multiple phases as characterized by distinct degrees of swelling; the gel can take one of four different swelling values, but none of the intermediate values. The gel has remarkable memory: the phase behavior of the gel depends on whether the gel has experienced the most swollen phase or the most collapsed phase in the immediate past. The information is stored and reversibly erased in the form of a macroscopic phase transition behavior. The structure factors corresponding to these four phases were obtained by SANS, which indicated the presence of characteristic structures depending on pH and temperature, particularly in the shrunken state. (orig.)

  3. High-pressure phase of the cubic spinel NiMn2O4

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    Åsbrink, S.; Waskowska, A.; Olsen, J. Staun

    1998-01-01

    It has been observed that the fee spinel NiMn2O4 transforms to a tetragonal structure at about 12 GPa. The tetragonal phase does not revert to the cubic phase upon decompression and its unit-cell constants at ambient pressure are a(0)=8.65(8) and c(0)=7.88(15) Angstrom (distorted fee). Within thr......). The bulk modulus of the cubic phase is 206(4) GPa....

  4. Orientational phase transition in cubic liquid crystals with positional order

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    Pokrovsky, V.L.; Saidachmetov, P.A.

    1988-01-01

    An electric field can give rise to a shear deformation of a cubic liquid crystal with long-range positional order fixed by two plates. The critical value of the field does not depend on the size of the system and depends crucially on the orientation.

  5. Structure of the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems.

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    Saludjian, P; Reiss-Husson, F

    1980-12-01

    A new model is proposed for the structure of the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems. Infinite rods of polar groups (and water) are arranged with axes parallel to the four cubic [unk]1 1 1[unk] directions. The hydrocarbon chains fill the space between the rods to form a continuous matrix. With this unified topology, the model explains satisfactorily the x-ray diffraction patterns of strontium soaps, lecithin, galactolipids, potassium soaps, and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide and explains the transition between cubic/H(II) phases. The paradoxical thermal effects on the lipid cubic phase, in particular the decrease of unit cell dimensions with increasing temperature, can be explained with the proposed model by mechanisms similar to those used for the monodimensional and bidimensional (mesomorphic) phases.

  6. Temperature-pressure phase diagram of cubic Laves phase Au2Pb

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    Chen, K. W.; Graf, D.; Besara, T.; Gallagher, A.; Kikugawa, N.; Balicas, L.; Siegrist, T.; Shekhter, A.; Baumbach, R. E.

    2016-01-01

    The temperature (T ) as a function of pressure (P ) phase diagram is reported for the cubic Laves phase compound Au2Pb, which was recently proposed to support linearly dispersing topological bands, together with conventional quadratic bands. At ambient pressure, Au2Pb exhibits several structural phase transitions at T1=97 K , T2=51 K , and T3=40 K with superconductivity below Tc=1.2 K . Applied pressure results in a rich phase diagram where T1,T2, and T3 evolve strongly with P and a possible new phase is stabilized for P >0.64 GPa that also supports superconductivity below 1.1 K. These observations suggest that Au2Pb is an ideal system in which to investigate the relationship between structural degrees of freedom, band topology, and resulting anomalous behaviors.

  7. Pivotal surfaces in inverse hexagonal and cubic phases of phospholipids and glycolipids.

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    Marsh, Derek

    2011-03-01

    Data on the location and dimensions of the pivotal surfaces in inverse hexagonal (H(II)) and inverse cubic (Q(II)) phases of phospholipids and glycolipids are reviewed. This includes the H(II) phases of dioleoyl phosphatidylethanolamine, 2:1 mol/mol mixtures of saturated fatty acids with the corresponding diacyl phosphatidylcholine, and glucosyl didodecylglycerol, and also the Q(II)(230/G) gyroid inverse cubic phases of monooleoylglycerol and glucosyl didodecylglycerol. Data from the inverse cubic phases are largely compatible with those from inverse hexagonal H(II)-phases. The pivotal plane is located in the hydrophobic region, relatively close to the polar-apolar interface. The area per lipid at the pivotal plane is similar in size to lipid cross-sectional areas found in the fluid lamellar phase (L(α)) of lipid bilayers. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Direct visualization of dispersed lipid bicontinuous cubic phases by cryo-electron tomography

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    Demurtas, Davide; Guichard, Paul; Martiel, Isabelle; Mezzenga, Raffaele; Hébert, Cécile; Sagalowicz, Laurent

    2015-11-01

    Bulk and dispersed cubic liquid crystalline phases (cubosomes), present in the body and in living cell membranes, are believed to play an essential role in biological phenomena. Moreover, their biocompatibility is attractive for nutrient or drug delivery system applications. Here the three-dimensional organization of dispersed cubic lipid self-assembled phases is fully revealed by cryo-electron tomography and compared with simulated structures. It is demonstrated that the interior is constituted of a perfect bicontinuous cubic phase, while the outside shows interlamellar attachments, which represent a transition state between the liquid crystalline interior phase and the outside vesicular structure. Therefore, compositional gradients within cubosomes are inferred, with a lipid bilayer separating at least one water channel set from the external aqueous phase. This is crucial to understand and enhance controlled release of target molecules and calls for a revision of postulated transport mechanisms from cubosomes to the aqueous phase.

  9. Preparation of microcrystals in lipidic cubic phase for serial femtosecond crystallography.

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    Liu, Wei; Ishchenko, Andrii; Cherezov, Vadim

    2014-09-01

    We have recently established a procedure for serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) in lipidic cubic phase (LCP) for protein structure determination at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs). LCP-SFX uses the gel-like LCP as a matrix for growth and delivery of membrane protein microcrystals for crystallographic data collection. LCP is a liquid-crystalline mesophase composed of lipids and water. It provides a membrane-mimicking environment that stabilizes membrane proteins and supports their crystallization. Here we describe detailed procedures for the preparation and characterization of microcrystals for LCP-SFX applications. The advantages of LCP-SFX over traditional crystallographic methods include the capability of collecting room-temperature high-resolution data with minimal effects of radiation damage from sub-10-μm crystals of membrane and soluble proteins that are difficult to crystallize, while eliminating the need for crystal harvesting and cryo-cooling. Compared with SFX methods for microcrystals in solution using liquid injectors, LCP-SFX reduces protein consumption by 2-3 orders of magnitude for data collection at currently available XFELs. The whole procedure typically takes 3-5 d, including the time required for the crystals to grow.

  10. Pressure-induced phase transformations in cubic Gd[subscript 2]O[subscript 3

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    Bai, Ligang; Liu, Jing; Li, Xiaodong; Jiang, Sheng; Xiao, Wansheng; Li, Yanchun; Tang, Lingyun; Zhang, Yufeng; Zhang, Dechun; (Chinese Aca. Sci.)

    2009-10-21

    High-pressure transformation and compression behavior of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated using synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction in a diamond anvil cell up to 44 GPa at room temperature. The structural transformation from a cubic to a monoclinic phase occurred during the sample precompression process. Phase transitions from both the cubic and the monoclinic polymorphs to a hexagonal structure were observed. The hexagonal phase was stable up to the highest pressure in this study and was not quenchable and transformed to a monoclinic phase after pressure release. The bulk moduli of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} for the cubic, monoclinic, and hexagonal phases were obtained by fitting the compression data to the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. Moreover, an anomaly of the hexagonal type Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} was observed.

  11. THERMODYNAMIC PARAMETERS OF LEAD SULFIDE CRYSTALS IN THE CUBIC PHASE

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    T. O. Parashchuk

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Geometric and thermodynamic parameters of cubic PbS crystals were obtained using the computer calculations of the thermodynamic parameters within density functional theory method DFT. Cluster models for the calculation based on the analysis of the crystal and electronic structure. Temperature dependence of energy ΔE and enthalpy ΔH, Gibbs free energy ΔG, heat capacity at constant pressure CP and constant volume CV, entropy ΔS were determined on the basis of ab initio calculations of the crystal structure of molecular clusters. Analytical expressions of temperature dependences of thermodynamic parameters which were approximated with quantum-chemical calculation points have been presented. Experimental results compared with theoretically calculated data.

  12. Origin of birefringence in common silicate garnet: intergrowth of different cubic phases

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    Antao, S.; Klincker, A.; Round, S.

    2013-05-01

    Birefringence is unexpected in ideal high symmetry cubic minerals, such as common silicate garnets. Birefringence in cubic garnet was reported over a century ago, but the origin still remains questionable. Some grossular, spessartine, andradite, and uvarovite samples may show birefringence under cross-polarized light, which may indicate that they are not optically cubic. Several reasons were given as the cause of the birefringence, but the main one appears to be cation order that may cause symmetry reduction. The crystal structure of several birefringent garnet samples (grossular, spessartine, andradite, and uvarovite) were refined by the Rietveld method, space group Ia-3d, and monochromatic synchrotron high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HRPXRD) data. Electron-microprobe results indicate the samples are homogeneous or non-homogenous with two or three distinct compositions. Each birefringent sample contains an assemblage of cubic phases that have slightly different unit-cell parameters. The intergrowth of different phases causes strain-induced birefringence that arises from mismatch of different cubic unit-cell parameters. These results have many implications, including garnet phase transitions from cubic to lower symmetry in the mantle, which has important geophysical consequences.

  13. High internal phase emulsion gels (HIPE-gels) created through assembly of natural oil bodies

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    Nikiforidis, C.V.; Scholten, E.

    2015-01-01

    A natural emulsion was used to create a high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) gel with elastic properties, indicated by shear elastic moduli between 102 and 105 Pa. The elasticity of the gel network was provided from a 2D-gel network of proteins which were naturally adsorbed at the interface of an oil

  14. Phonon softening induced cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition in ReO3

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    Liu, Yaming; Zhang, Niu; Jia, Yu; Sun, Qiang; Chao, Mingju

    2015-10-01

    Within density functional theory, the structural, electronic and lattice dynamical properties of ReO3 in cubic Pm-3m and tetragonal P4/mbm phases are studied by using quasiharmonic approximation. The enthalpy-pressure curves show that a phase transition may take place at 5.0 kbar and the nonexistence of imaginary frequency in phonon dispersions demonstrates the two phases are dynamically stable under proper conditions. With the increase of pressure, an obvious softening of M3 mode at M point appears in cubic phase, and a cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition is accompanied with the presence of negative frequency in M3 mode at 5.0 kbar. In detail, one type of O atoms displaced from x = 0.2500 to x = 0.2401, which corresponds to the softening of M3 mode, are responsible for the phase transition. Our theoretical results show that ReO3 can exist in the tetragonal P4/mbm phase, and a cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition will appear at around 5.0 kbar.

  15. Epitaxial relationships for hexagonal-to-cubic phase transition in a block copolymer mixture

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    Schulz, M.F.; Bates, F.S.; Almdal, K.;

    1994-01-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering experiments have revealed an epitaxial relationship between the hexagonal cylinder phase, and a bicontinuous cubic phase with Ia3dBAR space group symmetry, in a poly(styrene)-poly(2-vinylpyridine) diblock copolymer mixture. Proximity to the order-disorder transition...

  16. Sol-gel composite material characteristics caused by different dielectric constant sol-gel phases

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    Kimoto, Keisuke; Matsumoto, Makoto; Kaneko, Tsukasa; Kobayashi, Makiko

    2016-07-01

    Ultrasonic transducers prepared by a sol-gel composite method have been investigated in the field of nondestructive testing (NDT). Sol-gel composite materials could be ideal piezoelectric materials for ultrasonic transducer applications in the NDT field, and a new sol-gel composite with desirable characteristics has been developed. Three kinds of sol-gel composite materials composed of different dielectric constant sol-gel phases, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), Bi4Ti3O12 (BiT), and BaTiO3 (BT), and the same piezoelectric powder phase, PbTiO3 (PT), were fabricated and their properties were compared quantitatively. As a result, the PT/BT, sol-gel composite with the highest dielectric constant sol-gel phase showed the highest d 33 and signal strength. In addition, only PT/BT was successfully poled by room-temperature corona poling with reasonable signal strength.

  17. Identification of the hydrate gel phases present in phosphate-modified calcium aluminate binders

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    Chavda, Mehul A.; Bernal, Susan A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Apperley, David C. [Solid-State NMR Group, Department of Chemistry, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom); Kinoshita, Hajime [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Provis, John L., E-mail: j.provis@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom)

    2015-04-15

    The conversion of hexagonal calcium aluminate hydrates to cubic phases in hydrated calcium aluminate cements (CAC) can involve undesirable porosity changes and loss of strength. Modification of CAC by phosphate addition avoids conversion, by altering the nature of the reaction products, yielding a stable amorphous gel instead of the usual crystalline hydrate products. Here, details of the environments of aluminium and phosphorus in this gel were elucidated using solid-state NMR and complementary techniques. Aluminium is identified in both octahedral and tetrahedral coordination states, and phosphorus is present in hydrous environments with varying, but mostly low, degrees of crosslinking. A {sup 31}P/{sup 27}Al rotational echo adiabatic passage double resonance (REAPDOR) experiment showed the existence of aluminium–phosphorus interactions, confirming the formation of a hydrated calcium aluminophosphate gel as a key component of the binding phase. This resolves previous disagreements in the literature regarding the nature of the disordered products forming in this system.

  18. The structure model of a cubic aperiodic phase ('quasicrystal without forbidden symmetry axes').

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    Kraposhin, V S; Talis, A L; Thanh Lam, Ha

    2008-03-19

    A model structure of the aperiodic cubic phase (a cubic quasicrystal) has been constructed as a periodical packing of hierarchical octahedral clusters which were composed of truncated tetrahedra (Friauf-Laves polyhedra) and chains of Frank-Kasper polyhedra with 14 vertices. The construction of the hierarchical model for the cubic aperiodic phase became possible due to the discovery of a new space subdivision with equal edges and with vertices belonging to two orbits of the space group Fm3m. The subdivision is characterized by unique values and unique relations between the coordinates of the starting points of two orbits. Calculated x-ray diffraction patterns for the proposed hierarchical model are in qualitative agreement with published experimental x-ray patterns for aperiodical phases observed in melt-quenched Mg-Al and Fe-Nb-B-Si alloys.

  19. Distinguishing bicontinuous lipid cubic phases from isotropic membrane morphologies using (31)P solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Yang, Yu; Yao, Hongwei; Hong, Mei

    2015-04-16

    Nonlamellar lipid membranes are frequently induced by proteins that fuse, bend, and cut membranes. Understanding the mechanism of action of these proteins requires the elucidation of the membrane morphologies that they induce. While hexagonal phases and lamellar phases are readily identified by their characteristic solid-state NMR line shapes, bicontinuous lipid cubic phases are more difficult to discern, since the static NMR spectra of cubic-phase lipids consist of an isotropic (31)P or (2)H peak, indistinguishable from the spectra of isotropic membrane morphologies such as micelles and small vesicles. To date, small-angle X-ray scattering is the only method to identify bicontinuous lipid cubic phases. To explore unique NMR signatures of lipid cubic phases, we first describe the orientation distribution of lipid molecules in cubic phases and simulate the static (31)P chemical shift line shapes of oriented cubic-phase membranes in the limit of slow lateral diffusion. We then show that (31)P T2 relaxation times differ significantly between isotropic micelles and cubic-phase membranes: the latter exhibit 2 orders of magnitude shorter T2 relaxation times. These differences are explained by the different time scales of lipid lateral diffusion on the cubic-phase surface versus the time scales of micelle tumbling. Using this relaxation NMR approach, we investigated a DOPE membrane containing the transmembrane domain (TMD) of a viral fusion protein. The static (31)P spectrum of DOPE shows an isotropic peak, whose T2 relaxation times correspond to that of a cubic phase. Thus, the viral fusion protein TMD induces negative Gaussian curvature, which is an intrinsic characteristic of cubic phases, to the DOPE membrane. This curvature induction has important implications to the mechanism of virus-cell fusion. This study establishes a simple NMR diagnostic probe of lipid cubic phases, which is expected to be useful for studying many protein-induced membrane remodeling phenomena

  20. Gas-phase synthesis of hexagonal and cubic phases of aluminum nitride: A method and its advantages

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    Kudyakova, V. S.; Bannikov, V. V.; Elagin, A. A.; Shishkin, R. A.; Baranov, M. V.; Beketov, A. R.

    2016-03-01

    Experimental results obtained in AlN synthesis by the high-temperature gas-phase method and analysis of reaction products phase composition are briefly described. It is demonstrated for the first time that dispersed aluminum nitride can be synthesized by this method from AlF3 in both hexagonal and cubic modifications.

  1. Nanosize stabilization of cubic and tetragonal phases in reactive plasma synthesized zirconia powders

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    Jayakumar, S., E-mail: sjayakumar.physics@gmail.com [Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 014 (India); Department of Physics, Pollachi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi 642 205 (India); Ananthapadmanabhan, P.V.; Thiyagarajan, T.K. [Laser and Plasma Technology Division, BARC, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Perumal, K. [Vision for Wisdom, Temple of Consciousness, Aliyar 642 101 (India); Mishra, S.C. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engg, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769 008 (India); Suresh, G. [Department of Physics, Park College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore 641 659 (India); Su, L.T.; Tok, A.I.Y. [School of Materials Science and Engg, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639 798 (Singapore)

    2013-06-15

    Pure zirconium oxide powders with particle size 2–33 nm are synthesized by reactive plasma processing. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of these particles revealed size dependent behavior for their phase stabilization. The monoclinic phase is found to be stable when particle size is ≥20 nm; Tetragonal is found to be stabilized in the range of 7–20 nm and as the particle size decreases to 6 nm and less, the cubic phase is stabilized. - Highlights: ► Direct conversion of micron-sized zirconium hydride powder to single crystal ZrO{sub 2} nanopowder. ► Size dependent stabilization of cubic, tetragonal and monoclinic phases in the reactive plasma synthesized ZrO{sub 2} nanopowder. ► Transmission electron microscopic investigation to identify particles of different sizes and their corresponding phase structure.

  2. On structural transitions in a discontinuous micellar cubic phase loaded with sodium diclofenac.

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    Efrat, R; Aserin, A; Garti, N

    2008-05-01

    An intermediate mesophase of lyotropic liquid crystalline structure from the ternary mixtures of glycerol monooleate, water, and ethanol was recently characterized in our lab. This mesophase, termed Q(L), consists of discrete discontinuous micelles arranged in a cubic array. The Q(L) phase can solubilize very significant loads of water-insoluble anti-inflamatory drug sodium diclofenac (Na-DFC). Close examination of the internal structures of the lyotropic liquid structure upon increasing the solubilization loads reveals the existence of three structural transitions controlled by the Na-DFC levels. Up to 0.4 wt% Na-DFC, the Q(L) structure remains intact with some influence on the hydration of the headgroups and on the intermicellar forces. However, at 0.8 to 1.2 wt% Na-DFC, the discontinuous micellar cubic phase is transformed into a more condensed mesophase of a bicontinuous cubic phase. At > or =1.2 wt% Na-DFC, the cubic phase is converted into a lamellar phase (L(alpha)). Within 5.5 to 7.3 wt% Na-DFC the mesophase is progressively transformed into a less ordered lamellar structure. At 12 wt% Na-DFC crystals tend to precipitate out. At low Na-DFC concentrations the drug behaves like a lyotropic or kosmotropic salt and can salt-out the surfactant from its water layer, but at higher levels it behaves like a hydrotropic, chaotropic salt and can salt-in the surfactant. The Na-DFC location and position within the interface as well as its polarization and partial ionization are strongly affected by its solubilization contents and the structure that it is inducing. In the cubic phase the drug is located less close to the hydration layer while once transition occurs it is exposed more to the water layer and the surfactant headgroups.

  3. The phase space of the focused cubic Schroedinger equation: A numerical study

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    Burlakov, Yuri O. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1998-05-01

    In a paper of 1988 [41] on statistical mechanics of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation, it was observed that a Gibbs canonical ensemble associated with the nonlinear Schroedinger equation exhibits behavior reminiscent of a phase transition in classical statistical mechanics. The existence of a phase transition in the canonical ensemble of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation would be very interesting and would have important implications for the role of this equation in modeling physical phenomena; it would also have an important bearing on the theory of weak solutions of nonlinear wave equations. The cubic Schroedinger equation, as will be shown later, is equivalent to the self-induction approximation for vortices, which is a widely used equation of motion for a thin vortex filament in classical and superfluid mechanics. The existence of a phase transition in such a system would be very interesting and actually very surprising for the following reasons: in classical fluid mechanics it is believed that the turbulent regime is dominated by strong vortex stretching, while the vortex system described by the cubic Schroedinger equation does not allow for stretching. In superfluid mechanics the self-induction approximation and its modifications have been used to describe the motion of thin superfluid vortices, which exhibit a phase transition; however, more recently some authors concluded that these equations do not adequately describe superfluid turbulence, and the absence of a phase transition in the cubic Schroedinger equation would strengthen their argument. The self-induction approximation for vortices takes into account only very localized interactions, and the existence of a phase transition in such a simplified system would be very unexpected. In this thesis the authors present a numerical study of the phase transition type phenomena observed in [41]; in particular, they find that these phenomena are strongly related to the splitting of the phase space into

  4. Interplay between lattice dynamics and the low-pressure phase of simple cubic polonium

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    Zaoui, A.; Belabbes, A.; Ahuja, R.; Ferhat, M.

    2011-04-01

    Low-pressure structural properties of simple cubic polonium are explored through first-principles density-functional theory based relativistic total energy calculations using pseudopotentials and plane-wave basis set, as well as linear-response theory. We have found that Po undergoes structural phase transition at low pressure near 2 GPa, where the element transforms from simple cubic to a mixture of two trigonal phases namely, hR1 (α=86°) and hR2 (α=97.9°) structures. The lattice dynamics calculations provide strong support for the observed phase transition, and show the dynamical stability (instability) of the hR2 (hR1) phase.

  5. A novel cubic phase of medium chain lipid origin for the delivery of poorly water soluble drugs.

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    Kossena, Greg A; Charman, William N; Boyd, Ben J; Porter, Christopher J H

    2004-09-30

    The existence of a novel cubic liquid crystalline phase is described within the pseudo-ternary system comprising lauric acid, monolaurin, and simulated endogenous intestinal fluid (SEIF). This phase behaviour has been characterized using cross-polarizing light microscopy (CPLM), and the structure of the cubic phase identified by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The presence of the cubic phase was found to be temperature sensitive within the 20-37 degrees C range making it putative material for in situ gelation purposes. The cubic phase was shown to have a high capacity to solubilise a model poorly water-soluble drug, cinnarizine, and initial in vitro release data highlight the potential of this phase to provide sustained release. Absorption of cinnarizine from the cubic phase was studied in an unconscious rat model via duodenal administration and blood sampling via the carotid artery. The rate of absorption was significantly reduced when compared to a simple suspension formulation, a likely combination of retarded erosion of the cubic phase together with hindered drug release from the cubic matrix. The results of this study suggest that this cubic phase may potentially be of benefit in the delivery of poorly water-soluble compounds due to its high loading capacity and potential for sustained release. The ability to manipulate this system using temperature may warrant further interest in delivery applications via other routes of administration.

  6. Gel phase formation in dilute triblock copolyelectrolyte complexes

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Andreev, Marat; Levi, Adam E.; Goldfeld, David J.; Mao, Jun; Heller, William T.; Prabhu, Vivek M.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Tirrell, Matthew V.

    2017-02-01

    Assembly of oppositely charged triblock copolyelectrolytes into phase-separated gels at low polymer concentrations (formation of a dilute phase of individual micelles is prevented in polyelectrolyte complexation-driven assembly of triblock copolyelectrolytes. Gel phases form and phase separate almost instantaneously on solvation of the copolymers. Furthermore, molecular models of self-assembly demonstrate the presence of oligo-chain aggregates in early stages of copolyelectrolyte assembly, at experimentally unobservable polymer concentrations. Our discoveries contribute to the fundamental understanding of the structure and pathways of complexation-driven assemblies, and raise intriguing prospects for gel formation at extraordinarily low concentrations, with applications in tissue engineering, agriculture, water purification and theranostics.

  7. ISAR Imaging of Ship Targets Based on an Integrated Cubic Phase Bilinear Autocorrelation Function

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    Jibin Zheng

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available For inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR imaging of a ship target moving with ocean waves, the image constructed with the standard range-Doppler (RD technique is blurred and the range-instantaneous-Doppler (RID technique has to be used to improve the image quality. In this paper, azimuth echoes in a range cell of the ship target are modeled as noisy multicomponent cubic phase signals (CPSs after the motion compensation and a RID ISAR imaging algorithm is proposed based on the integrated cubic phase bilinear autocorrelation function (ICPBAF. The ICPBAF is bilinear and based on the two-dimensionally coherent energy accumulation. Compared to five other estimation algorithms, the ICPBAF can acquire higher cross term suppression and anti-noise performance with a reasonable computational cost. Through simulations and analyses with the synthetic model and real radar data, we verify the effectiveness of the ICPBAF and corresponding RID ISAR imaging algorithm.

  8. Symmetry transition in the cubic phase of a ternary surfactant system

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    Radiman, S.; Toprakcioglu, C.; Faruqi, A.R.

    1990-01-01

    We report a small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering investigation in the cubic phase of the ternary system water/didodecyldimethyl ammonium bromide (DDAB)/octane. We have observed a systematic variation in the lattice parameter as a function of water content, which can be related to the change in interfacial area per unit cell with the aqueous volume fraction. Our results are consistent with a bicontinuous periodic constant mean curvature structure, and show a transition from diamond to body...

  9. Phase de-locking in cubic 3k-antiferromagnets. [USb; UIn[sub 3

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    Asch, L. (Physik Dept., Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany)); Kalvius, G.M. (Physik Dept., Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany)); Kratzer, A. (Physik Dept., Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany)); Litterst, F.J. (Inst. fuer Metallphysik, Technische Univ. Braunschweig (Germany))

    1994-07-01

    It is shown that the temperature dependence of [mu]SR spectra of some simple cubic (NaCl, CsCl, AuCu[sub 3] structures) compounds involving rare earths and actinides differs for a 1k when compared to a a 3k spin structure. This allows their distinction. In the 3 k structure magnetic pseudo excitations resulting from phase de-locking diffuse slowly (1-5 MHz). (orig.)

  10. Influence of electrostatic interactions on the release of charged molecules from lipid cubic phases.

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    Negrini, Renata; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2014-04-22

    The release of positive, negative, and neutral hydrophilic drugs from pH responsive bicontinuous cubic phases was investigated under varying conditions of electrostatic interactions. A weak acid, linoleic acid (LA), or a weak base, pyridinylmethyl linoleate (PML), were added to the neutral monolinolein (ML) in order to form lyotropic liquid-crystalline (LLC) phases, which are negatively charged at neutral pH and positively charged at acidic pH. Release studies at low ionic strength (I = 20 mM) and at different pH values (3 and 7) revealed that electrostatic attraction between a positive drug, proflavine (PF), and the negatively charged LLC at pH = 7 or between a negative drug, antraquinone 2-sulfonic acid sodium salt (AQ2S), and the positively charged LLC at pH = 3 did delay the release behavior, while electrostatic repulsion affects the transport properties only to some extent. Release profiles of a neutral drug, caffeine, were not affected by the surface charge type and density in the cubic LLCs. Moreover, the influence of ionic strength was also considered up to 150 mM, corresponding to a Debye length smaller than the LLC water channels radius, which showed that efficient screening of electrostatic attractions occurring within the LLC water domains results in an increased release rate. Four transport models were applied to fit the release data, providing an exhaustive, quantitative insight on the role of electrostatic interactions in transport properties from pH responsive bicontinuous cubic phases.

  11. Volume phase transitions of cholesteric liquid crystalline gels

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    Matsuyama, Akihiko, E-mail: matuyama@bio.kyutech.ac.jp [Department of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kawazu 680-4, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    We present a mean field theory to describe anisotropic deformations of a cholesteric elastomer without solvent molecules and a cholesteric liquid crystalline gel immersed in isotropic solvents at a thermal equilibrium state. Based on the neoclassical rubber theory of nematic elastomers, we derive an elastic energy and a twist distortion energy, which are important to determine the shape of a cholesteric elastomer (or gel). We demonstrate that when the elastic energy dominates in the free energy, the cholesteric elastomer causes a spontaneous compression in the pitch axis and elongates along the director on the plane perpendicular to the pitch axis. Our theory can qualitatively describe the experimental results of a cholesteric elastomer. We also predict the first-order volume phase transitions and anisotropic deformations of a gel at the cholesteric-isotropic phase transition temperature. Depending on a chirality of a gel, we find a prolate or oblate shape of cholesteric gels.

  12. Third-Order Doppler Parameter Estimation of Bistatic Forward-Looking SAR Based on Modified Cubic Phase Function

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    Li, Wenchao; Yang, Jianyu; Huang, Yulin; Kong, Lingjiang

    For Doppler parameter estimation of forward-looking SAR, the third-order Doppler parameter can not be neglected. In this paper, the azimuth signal of the transmitter fixed bistatic forward-looking SAR is modeled as a cubic polynomial phase signal (CPPS) and multiple time-overlapped CPPSs, and the modified cubic phase function is presented to estimate the third-order Doppler parameter. By combining the cubic phase function (CPF) with Radon transform, the method can give an accurate estimation of the third-order Doppler parameter. Simulations validate the effectiveness of the algorithm.

  13. In Situ Synthesis of Uranium Carbide and its High Temperature Cubic Phase

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    Reiche, Helmut Matthias [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Vogel, Sven C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-03-25

    New in situ data for the U-C system are presented, with the goal of improving knowledge of the phase diagram to enable production of new ceramic fuels. The none quenchable, cubic, δ-phase, which in turn is fundamental to computational methods, was identified. Rich datasets of the formation synthesis of uranium carbide yield kinetics data which allow the benchmarking of modeling, thermodynamic parameters etc. The order-disorder transition (carbon sublattice melting) was observed due to equal sensitivity of neutrons to both elements. This dynamic has not been accurately described in some recent simulation-based publications.

  14. Oral immunization against porcine pleuropneumonia using the cubic phase of monoolein and purified toxins of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae.

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    Lopez-Bermudez, Jorge; Quintanar-Guerrero, David; Lara Puente, Horacio; Tórtora Perez, Jorge; Suárez Güemez, Francisco; Ciprián Carrasco, Abel; Mendoza Elvira, Susana

    2014-11-28

    The main goal of this work was to obtain an orally administered immunogen that would protect against infections by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. The Apx I, II and III toxins were obtained from the supernatants of cultures of serotypes 1 and 3 of A. pleuropneumoniae. The capacity of monoolein gel to trap and protect the Apx toxins, and the effect of their incorporation on the stability of the cubic phase were evaluated. The gel was capable of trapping a 400-μg/ml concentration of the antigen with no effects on its structure. Approximately 60% of the protein molecules were released from the gel within 4h. Four experimental groups were formed, each one with four pigs. All challenges were conducted in a nebulization chamber. Group A: Control (-) not vaccinated and not challenged; Group B: Control (+) not vaccinated but challenged; Group C: vaccinated twice intramuscularly with ToxCom (a commercial toxoid) at an interval of 15 days and then challenged; and Group D: vaccinated orally twice a week for 4 weeks with ToxOral (an oral toxoid) and challenged on day 28 of the experiment with a same dose of 2.0 × 10(4) UFC of A. pleuropneumoniae serotypes 1 and 3. The lesions found in group B covered 27.7-43.1% of the lungs; the pigs in group C had lesions over 12.3-28%; and those in group D over 15.4-32.3%. No lesions were found in the Group A pigs. A. pleuropneumoniae induced macroscopic lesions characteristic of infection by and lesions microscopic detected by histopathology. The etiologic agent was recovered from the infected lungs, tonsils and spleen. The serotypes identified were 1 and 3. An indirect ELISA test identified the antibodies against the Apx toxins in the serum of the animals immunized orally. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Gel phase formation in dilute triblock copolyelectrolyte complexes

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Andreev, Marat; Levi, Adam E.; Goldfeld, David J.; Mao, Jun; Heller, William T.; Prabhu, Vivek M.; de Pablo, Juan J.; Tirrell, Matthew V.

    2017-02-23

    Assembly of oppositely charged triblock copolyelectrolytes into phase-separated gels at low polymer concentrations (<1% by mass) has been observed in scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations. Here we show that in contrast to uncharged, amphiphilic block copolymers that form discrete micelles at low concentrations and enter a phase of strongly interacting micelles in a gradual manner with increasing concentration, the formation of a dilute phase of individual micelles is prevented in polyelectrolyte complexation-driven assembly of triblock copolyelectrolytes. Gel phases form and phase separate almost instantaneously on solvation of the copolymers. Furthermore, molecular models of self-assembly demonstrate the presence of oligo-chain aggregates in early stages of copolyelectrolyte assembly, at experimentally unobservable polymer concentrations. Our discoveries contribute to the fundamental understanding of the structure and pathways of complexation-driven assemblies, and raise intriguing prospects for gel formation at extraordinarily low concentrations, with applications in tissue engineering, agriculture, water purification and theranostics.

  16. Bragg reflection band width and optical rotatory dispersion of cubic blue-phase liquid crystals

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    Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Anucha, Konkanok; Ogawa, Yasuhiro; Kawata, Yuto; Ozaki, Masanori; Fukuda, Jun-ichi; Kikuchi, Hirotsugu

    2016-10-01

    The Bragg reflection band width and optical rotatory dispersion of liquid crystalline cholesteric blue phases (BPs) I and II are compared by numerical simulations. Attention is paid to the wavelength regions for which the reflection bands with lowest photon energies appear, i.e., the [110 ] direction for BP I and the [100 ] direction for BP II. Finite difference time domain and 4 ×4 matrix calculations performed on the theoretical director tensor distribution of BPs with the same material parameters show that BP II, which has simple cubic symmetry, has a wider photonic band gap than BP I, which has body centered cubic symmetry, possibly due to the fact that the density of the double-twist cylinders in BP II are twice that in BP I. The theoretical results on the Bragg reflection band width are supported by reflectance measurements performed on BPs I and II for light incident along the [110 ] and [100 ] directions, respectively.

  17. Structure of the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems does not consist of indefinitely long straight rods

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    Luzzati, Vittorio; Tardieu, Annette; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz

    1981-01-01

    The observed intensities of the reflections from the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems are shown to be incompatible with a recently reported model consisting of straight, indefinitely long rods.

  18. Cubic to tetragonal phase transition of Tm3+ doped nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Yiming Li

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Tm3+ ions doped β-PbF2 nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics with different doping concentrations and thermal temperatures are prepared by a traditional melt-quenching and thermal treatment method to investigate the structure and the phase transition of Tm3+ doped nanocrystals. The structures are characterized by X-ray diffraction Rietveld analysis and confirmed with numerical simulation. The phase transitions are proved further by the emission spectra. Both of the doping concentration and thermal temperature can induce an Oh to D4h site symmetry distortion and a cubic to tetragonal phase transition. The luminescence of Tm3+ doped nanocrystals at 800 nm was modulated by the phase transition of the surrounding crystal field.

  19. Cubic to tetragonal phase transition of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics

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    Li, Yiming; Fu, Yuting; Shi, Yahui; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Yu, Hua, E-mail: zhaolj@nankai.edu.cn, E-mail: yuhua@nankai.edu.cn [The Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education, School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhao, Lijuan, E-mail: zhaolj@nankai.edu.cn, E-mail: yuhua@nankai.edu.cn [The Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education, School of Physics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Applied Physics School of TEDA, Nankai University, Tianjin 300457 (China)

    2016-02-15

    Tm{sup 3+} ions doped β-PbF{sub 2} nanocrystals in oxyfluoride glass ceramics with different doping concentrations and thermal temperatures are prepared by a traditional melt-quenching and thermal treatment method to investigate the structure and the phase transition of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals. The structures are characterized by X-ray diffraction Rietveld analysis and confirmed with numerical simulation. The phase transitions are proved further by the emission spectra. Both of the doping concentration and thermal temperature can induce an O{sub h} to D{sub 4h} site symmetry distortion and a cubic to tetragonal phase transition. The luminescence of Tm{sup 3+} doped nanocrystals at 800 nm was modulated by the phase transition of the surrounding crystal field.

  20. Superionic-Superionic Phase Transitions in Body-Centered Cubic H2O Ice

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    Hernandez, Jean-Alexis; Caracas, Razvan

    2016-09-01

    From first-principles molecular dynamics, we investigate the relation between the superionic proton conduction and the behavior of the O - H ⋯O bond (ice VII' to ice X transition) in body-centered-cubic (bcc) H2O ice between 1300 and 2000 K and up to 300 GPa. We bring evidence that there are three distinct phases in the superionic bcc stability field. A first superionic phase characterized by extremely fast diffusion of highly delocalized protons (denoted VII'' hereinafter) is stable at low pressures. A first-order transition separates this phase from a superionic VII' , characterized by a finite degree of localization of protons along the nonsymmetric O - H ⋯O bonds. The transition is identified in structural, energetic, and elastic analysis. Upon further compression a second-order phase transition leads to the superionic ice X with symmetric O - H - O bonds.

  1. Superionic-Superionic Phase Transitions in Body-Centered Cubic H_{2}O Ice.

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    Hernandez, Jean-Alexis; Caracas, Razvan

    2016-09-23

    From first-principles molecular dynamics, we investigate the relation between the superionic proton conduction and the behavior of the O─H⋯O bond (ice VII^{'} to ice X transition) in body-centered-cubic (bcc) H_{2}O ice between 1300 and 2000 K and up to 300 GPa. We bring evidence that there are three distinct phases in the superionic bcc stability field. A first superionic phase characterized by extremely fast diffusion of highly delocalized protons (denoted VII^{''}  hereinafter) is stable at low pressures. A first-order transition separates this phase from a superionic VII^{'}, characterized by a finite degree of localization of protons along the nonsymmetric O─H⋯O bonds. The transition is identified in structural, energetic, and elastic analysis. Upon further compression a second-order phase transition leads to the superionic ice X with symmetric O─H─O bonds.

  2. Magnetic phase transitions of spin-1 ultracold bosons in a cubic optical lattice

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    Li, Yongqiang; He, Liang; Hofstetter, Walter

    2016-03-01

    We investigate strongly correlated spin-1 ultracold bosons with antiferromagnetic interactions in a cubic optical lattice, based on bosonic dynamical mean-field theory. Rich phase diagrams of the system are mapped out at both zero and finite temperature, and in particular the existence of a spin-singlet condensate is established. Interestingly, at finite temperature, we find that the superfluid can be heated into a Mott insulator with even (odd) filling via a first- (second-) order phase transition, analogous to the Pomeranchuk effect in 3He. Moreover, for typical experimental setups, we estimate the critical temperature (entropy) for different ordered phases and our results suggest that direct experimental observation of these phases is promising.

  3. Formation of macroporous gel morphology by phase separation in the silica sol-gel system containing nonionic surfactant

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    Junsheng Wu; Xiaogang Li; Wei Du; Hua Chen

    2005-01-01

    The phase separation and gel formation behavior in an alkoxy-derived silica sol-gel system containing Ci6EOi5 has been investigated. Various gel morphologies similar to other sol-gel systems containing organic additives were obtained by changing the preparation conditions. Micrometer-range interconnected porous gels were obtained by freezing transitional structures of phase separation in the sol-gel process. The dependence of the resulting gel morphology on several important reaction parameters such as the starting composition, reaction temperature and acid catalyst concentration was studied in detail. The experimental results indicate that the gel morphology is mainly determined by the time relation between the onset of phase separation and gel formation.

  4. Observation of a cubical-like microstructure of strontium iron garnet and yttrium iron garnet prepared via sol-gel technique.

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    Nasir, Nadeem; Yahya, Noorhana; Kashif, Muhammad; Daud, Hanita; Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Zaid, Hasnah Mohd; Shafie, Afza; Teng, Lee Chaw

    2011-03-01

    This is our initial response towards preparation of nano-inductors garnet for high operating frequencies strontium iron garnet (Sr3Fe5O12) denoted as SrIG and yttrium iron garnet (Y3Fe5O12) denoted as YIG. The garnet nano crystals were prepared by novel sol-gel technique. The phase and crystal structure of the prepared samples were identified by using X-ray diffraction analysis. SEM images were done to reveal the surface morphology of the samples. Raman spectra was taken for yttrium iron garnet (Y3Fe5O12). The magnetic properties of the samples namely initial permeability (micro), relative loss factor (RLF) and quality factor (Q-Factor) were done by using LCR meter. From the XRD profile, both of the Y3Fe5O12 and Sr3Fe5O12 samples showed single phase garnet and crystallization had completely occurred at 900 degrees C for the SrIG and 950 degrees C for the YIG samples. The YIG sample showed extremely low RLF value (0.0082) and high density 4.623 g/cm3. Interesting however is the high Q factor (20-60) shown by the Sr3Fe5O12 sample from 20-100 MHz. This high performance magnetic property is attributed to the homogenous and cubical-like microstructure. The YIG particles were used as magnetic feeder for EM transmitter. It was observed that YIG magnetic feeder with the EM transmitter gave 39% higher magnetic field than without YIG magnetic feeder.

  5. Nucleation barriers at corners for cubic-to-tetragonal phase transformation

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    Bella, Peter

    2013-01-01

    We are interested in the energetic cost of a martensitic inclusion of volume $V$ in austenite for the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transformation. In contrast with the work of [Kn\\"upfer, Kohn, Otto: Comm. Pure Appl. Math. 66 (2013), no. 6, 867--904], we consider domain with a corner and obtain a better scaling law for the minimal energy ($E_{min} \\sim \\min(V^{2/3},V^{7/9})$). Our predictions are in a good agreement with physical experiments where nucleation of martensite is usually observed near the corners of the specimen.

  6. Detection and Parameter Estimation of Multicomponent LFM Signal Based on the Cubic Phase Function

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    Yi-Cheng Jiang

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available A new algorithm for the detection and parameters estimation of LFM signal is presented in this paper. By the computation of the cubic phase function (CPF of the signal, it is shown that the CPF is concentrated along the frequency rate law of the signal, and the peak of the CPF yields the estimate of the frequency rate. The initial frequency and amplitude can be obtained by the dechirp technique and fast Fourier transform. And for multicomponent signal, the CLEAN technique combined with the CPF is proposed to detect the weak components submerged by the stronger components. The statistical performance is analyzed and the simulation results are shown simultaneously.

  7. Responsive Gel-Gel Phase Transitions in Artificially Engineered Protein Hydrogels

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    Olsen, B. D.

    2012-02-01

    Artificially engineered protein hydrogels provide an attractive platform for biomedical materials due to their similarity to components of the native extracellular matrix. Engineering responsive transitions between shear-thinning and tough gel phases in these materials could potentially enable gels that are both shear-thinning and tough to be produced as novel injectable biomaterials. To engineer a gel with such transitions, a triblock copolymer with thermoresponsive polymer endblocks and an artificially engineered protein gel midblock is designed. Temperature is used to trigger a transition from a single network protein hydrogel phase to a double network phase with both protein and block copolymer networks present at different length scales. The thermodynamics of network formation and resulting structural changes are established using small-angle scattering, birefringence, and dynamic scanning calorimetry. The formation of the second network is shown to produce a large, nonlinear increase in the elastic modulus as well as enhancements in creep compliance and toughness. Although the gels show yielding behavior in both the single and double network regimes, a qualitative change in the deformation mechanism is observed due to the structural changes.

  8. Phase stability, electronic structure and equation of state of cubic TcN from first-principles calculations

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    Song, T., E-mail: songting_lzjtu@yeah.net [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Ma, Q. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Sun, X.W., E-mail: xsun@carnegiescience.edu [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC 20015 (United States); Liu, Z.J., E-mail: liuzj_lzcu@163.com [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Department of Physics, Lanzhou City University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Fu, Z.J. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, Chongqing 402160 (China); Wei, X.P.; Wang, T.; Tian, J.H. [School of Mathematics and Physics, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2016-09-07

    The phase transition, electronic band structure, and equation of state (EOS) of cubic TcN are investigated by first-principles pseudopotential method based on density-functional theory. The calculated enthalpies show that TcN has a transformation between zincblende and rocksalt phases and the pressure determined by the relative enthalpy is 32 GPa. The calculated band structure indicates the metallic feature and it might make cubic TcN a better candidate for hard materials. Particular attention is paid to the predictions of volume, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative which play a central role in the formulation of approximate EOSs using the quasi-harmonic Debye model. - Highlights: • The phase transition pressure and electronic band structure for cubic TcN are determined. • Particular attention is paid to investigate the equation of state parameters for cubic TcN. • The thermodynamic properties up to 80 GPa and 3000 K are successfully predicted.

  9. Critical effect of cubic phase on aging in 3mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia ceramics for hip replacement prosthesis.

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    Chevalier, Jérôme; Deville, Sylvain; Münch, Etienne; Jullian, Romain; Lair, Frédéric

    2004-11-01

    The isothermal tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation of 3Y-TZP ceramics sintered at two different temperatures (1450 degrees C and 1550 degrees C) and duration (2 and 5h) is investigated at 134 degrees C in steam. Particular attention is paid to the presence of a cubic phase and its effect on isothermal aging. Sintering at 1550 degrees C can result in a significant amount of large cubic grains in the specimens, that have a detrimental impact on aging resistance, especially for the first stage of the aging process. Cubic grains appear to be enriched in yttrium, which in turn leads to a depletion of yttrium in the neighboring tetragonal grains. These grains will act as nucleation sites for tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation. Even for specimens sintered at lower temperature, i.e. 1450 degrees C, the presence of a cubic phase is expected from the phase diagram, leading to a significant effect on aging sensitivity.

  10. Low concentration of DMSO stabilizes the bilayer gel phase rather than the interdigitated gel phase in dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine membrane.

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    Yamashita, Y; Kinoshita, K; Yamazaki, M

    2000-08-25

    We have investigated effects of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) on the phase stability of multilamellar vesicles of the ether-linked 1,2-dihexadecyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DHPC-MLV), which is known to be in the interdigitated gel (LbetaI) phase in excess water at 20 degrees C. The results of X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that the DHPC membrane was in the Lbeta, phase at X> or =0.12 (X=mole fraction of DMSO in DMSO/water mixture). The result of differential scanning calorimetry indicate that the gel to liquid-crystalline phase transition temperature increased, but the LbetaI to Pbeta, phase transition temperature decreased with an increase in DMSO concentration. These results show that DMSO stabilizes the bilayer gel phase rather than the LbetaI phase at its low concentration. The solubility of phosphorylcholine, which is the same structure as the headgroup of DHPC, decreased with an increase in DMSO concentration, indicating that the interaction free energy of the hydrophilic segments of the membrane with solvents increases with an increase in DMSO concentration. On the basis of the thermodynamic analysis, the mechanism of the stabilization of the bilayer gel phase of DHPC-MLV by DMSO is discussed. The decrease in the repulsive interaction between the headgroups of the phospholipid induced by the low concentrations of DMSO in water plays an important role in this stabilization.

  11. Influence of strontium on the cubic to ordered hexagonal phase transformation in barium magnesium niobate

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    M Thirumal; A K Ganguli

    2000-12-01

    Oxides of the type Ba3–SrMgNb2O9 were synthesized by the solid state route. The = 0 composition (Ba3MgNb2O9) was found to crystallize in a disordered (cubic) perovskite structure when sintered at 1000C. For higher Sr doping ( ≥ 0.5), there was clearly the presence of an ordered hexagonal phase indicated by the growth of superstructure reflections in the powder X-ray diffraction patterns. In all the compositions there was the presence of a minor amount of Ba5–SrNb4O15 phase which increased with Sr substitution up to = 1 and then it remained nearly constant at about 5%. Samples sintered at 1300C showed the hexagonally ordered phase for the entire range of composition (0 ≤ ≤ 3). The degree of ordering being considerably greater than in the 1000C heated samples as evidenced by several superstructure reflections.

  12. Quantum disordered insulating phase in the frustrated cubic-lattice Hubbard model

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    Laubach, Manuel; Joshi, Darshan G.; Reuther, Johannes; Thomale, Ronny; Vojta, Matthias; Rachel, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    In the quest for quantum spin liquids in three spatial dimensions (3D), we study the half-filled Hubbard model on the simple cubic lattice with hopping processes up to third neighbors. Employing the variational cluster approach (VCA), we determine the zero-temperature phase diagram: In addition to a paramagnetic metal at small interaction strength U and various antiferromagnetic insulators at large U , we find an intermediate-U antiferromagnetic metal. Most interestingly, we also identify a nonmagnetic insulating region, extending from intermediate to strong U . Using VCA results in the large-U limit, we establish the phase diagram of the corresponding J1-J2-J3 Heisenberg model. This is qualitatively confirmed—including the nonmagnetic region—using spin-wave theory. Further analysis reveals a striking similarity to the behavior of the J1-J2 square-lattice Heisenberg model, suggesting that the nonmagnetic region may host a 3D spin-liquid phase.

  13. Hybrid functional study rationalizes the simple cubic phase of calcium at high pressures.

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    Liu, Hanyu; Cui, Wenwen; Ma, Yanming

    2012-11-14

    Simple cubic (SC) phase has been long experimentally determined as the high-pressure phase III of elemental calcium (Ca) since 1984. However, recent density functional calculations within semi-local approximation showed that this SC phase is structurally unstable by exhibiting severely imaginary phonons, and is energetically unstable with respect to a theoretical body-centered tetragonal I4(1)/amd structure over the pressure range of phase III. These calculations generated extensive debates on the validity of SC phase. Here we have re-examined the SC structure by performing more precise density functional calculations within hybrid functionals of Heyd-Scuseria-Erhzerhof and PBE0. Our calculations were able to rationalize fundamentally the phase stability of SC structure over all other known phases by evidence of its actual energetic stability above 33 GPa and its intrinsically dynamical stability without showing any imaginary phonons in the entire pressure range studied. We further established that the long-thought theoretical I4(1)/amd structure remains stable in a narrow pressure range before entering SC phase and is actually the structure of experimental Ca-III(') synthesized recently at low temperature 14 K as supported by the excellent agreement between our simulated x-ray diffraction patterns and the experimental data. Our results shed strong light on the crucial role played by the precise electron exchange energy in a proper description of the potential energy of Ca.

  14. Rapid hydrothermal route to synthesize cubic-phase gadolinium oxide nanorods

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    Samiran Hazarika; Nibedita Paul; Dambarudhar Mohanta

    2014-06-01

    An inexpensive fabrication route and growth mechanism is being reported for obtaining quality gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoscale rods. The elongated nanoscale systems, as produced via a hydrothermal process, were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), optical absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and magnetic hysteresis measurements. XRD patterns of the nanorods, as-prepared from independent precursors of different pH, depict a cubic crystal phase and an average crystallite size of 5-6.5 nm. As revealed from HRTEM micrographs, diameter of the nanorods prepared at pH = 13.3 (∼ 7nm) was much smaller than the rods prepared at pH = 10.8 (∼ 19nm). However, the aspect ratio was more than double in the former case than the latter case. PL response was found to be dominated by defect mediated emissions, whereas Raman spectrum of a given specimen (pH = 10.8) has revealed characteristic g + g modes of cubic phase of Gd2O3 nanorods, apart from other independent modes. Furthermore, ∼ plot of the nanorod system (pH = 10.8) exhibited slight departure from the ideal superparamagnetic behaviour, with low remanence and coercive field values. The exploitation of one-dimensional Gd2O3 nanorods have immense potential in the production of advanced contrast agents, smart drives and also in making novel ferrofluids of technological relevance.

  15. Visualization of membrane protein crystals in lipid cubic phase using X-ray imaging

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    Warren, Anna J. [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Armour, Wes [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Oxford e-Research Centre, 7 Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3QG (United Kingdom); Axford, Danny; Basham, Mark; Connolley, Thomas; Hall, David R. [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Horrell, Sam [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX (United Kingdom); McAuley, Katherine E.; Mykhaylyk, Vitaliy; Wagner, Armin; Evans, Gwyndaf, E-mail: gwyndaf.evans@diamond.ac.uk [Diamond Light Source, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom)

    2013-07-01

    A comparison of X-ray diffraction and radiographic techniques for the location and characterization of protein crystals is demonstrated on membrane protein crystals mounted within lipid cubic phase material. The focus in macromolecular crystallography is moving towards even more challenging target proteins that often crystallize on much smaller scales and are frequently mounted in opaque or highly refractive materials. It is therefore essential that X-ray beamline technology develops in parallel to accommodate such difficult samples. In this paper, the use of X-ray microradiography and microtomography is reported as a tool for crystal visualization, location and characterization on the macromolecular crystallography beamlines at the Diamond Light Source. The technique is particularly useful for microcrystals and for crystals mounted in opaque materials such as lipid cubic phase. X-ray diffraction raster scanning can be used in combination with radiography to allow informed decision-making at the beamline prior to diffraction data collection. It is demonstrated that the X-ray dose required for a full tomography measurement is similar to that for a diffraction grid-scan, but for sample location and shape estimation alone just a few radiographic projections may be required.

  16. Low pH induces an interdigitated gel to bilayer gel phase transition in dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine membrane.

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    Furuike, S; Levadny, V G; Li, S J; Yamazaki, M

    1999-10-01

    We have investigated the influence of pH on the structures and phase behaviors of multilamellar vesicles of the ether-linked dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine (DHPC-MLV). This phospholipid is known to be in the interdigitated gel (L(beta)I) phase in excess water at 20 degrees C at neutral pH. The results of X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that a phase transition from L(beta)I phase to the bilayer gel phase occurred in DHPC-MLV in 0.5 M KCl around pH 3.9 with a decrease in pH, and that at low pH values, less than pH 2.2, DHPC-MLVs were in L(beta') phase. The results of fluorescence and light scattering method indicate that the gel to liquid-crystalline phase transition temperature (T(m)) of DHPC-MLV increased with a decrease in pH. On the basis of a thermodynamic analysis, we conclude that the main mechanism of the low-pH induced L(beta)I to bilayer gel phase transition in DHPC-MLV and the increase in its T(m) is connected with the decrease in the repulsive interaction between the headgroups of these phospholipids. As pH decreases, the phosphate groups of the headgroups begin to be protonated, and as a result, the apparent positive surface charges appear. However, surface dipoles decrease and the interaction free energy of the hydrophilic segments with water increases. The latter effect dominates the pure electrostatic repulsion between the charged headgroups, and thereby, the total repulsive interaction in the interface decreases.

  17. Luminescence enhancement in nanocrystalline Eu2O3 nanorods - Microwave hydrothermal crystallization and thermal degradation of cubic phase

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    Kaszewski, Jarosław; Witkowski, Bartłomiej S.; Wachnicki, Łukasz; Przybylińska, Hanka; Kozankiewicz, Bolesław; Mijowska, Ewa; Godlewski, Marek

    2016-09-01

    Thermally induced crystallization of cubic Eu2O3 obtained with the microwave hydrothermal method has been investigated. The starting material crystallized in the form of needle-shaped agglomerates of nanocrystalline hexagonal Eu(OH)3. Thermal treatment up to 800 °C induced the crystallization of cubic Eu2O3, after further calcination at 1200 °C in the air a monoclinic phase appeared. The phase transformation caused abnormal reduction of Eu3+ ions, related to the oxygen vacancy creation during sintering of the oxide crystallites. The crystallization process of cubic Eu2O3 occurred within the agglomerates without change of their shapes. The cubic form exhibited bright emission of Eu3+ related luminescence with intensity increasing with the size of crystallites.

  18. A popular metastable omega phase in body-centered cubic steels

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    Ping, D.H., E-mail: ping.de-hai@nims.go.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, Sengen 1-2-1, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Geng, W.T., E-mail: geng@ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2013-05-15

    Steel remains to be one of the most common structural materials in the world as human civilization advances from the Iron Age to the ongoing Silicon Age. Our knowledge of its microstructure evolution and structure–performance relationship is nevertheless still incomplete. We report the observation and characterization of a long ignored metastable phase formed in steels with body-centered cubic (bcc) structure using both transmission electron microscopy and density functional theory calculations. This ω phase has a hexagonal structure and coherent interface with the matrix: a{sub ω} = √2 × a{sub bcc} and c{sub ω} = √3/2 × a{sub bcc}. It is 3.6% smaller in volume and 0.18 eV higher in energy than bcc-Fe, with atoms in alternating close- and loose-packed layers couple anti-ferromagnetically. Carbon plays a crucial role in promoting bcc to ω transformation. At a concentration higher than 4 at.% they tend to segregate from the bcc matrix to the ω-phase; at about 14 at.%, they can induce bcc to ω transformation; and finally at 25 at.%, they stabilize the ω phase as ω-Fe{sub 3}C. The ω phase in bcc Fe can serve as sinks for vacancies, H, and He atoms, leading to improved resistance of martensitic steels to irradiation damage. - Highlights: ► A long-ignored metastable ω phase in body-centered cubic (bcc) steel. ► The ω phase has hexagonal structure with lattice parameters a{sub ω} = √2 × a{sub bcc} and c{sub ω} = √3/2 × a{sub bcc}. ► Carbon enrichment is found to play a crucial role on the bcc-to-ω phase transformation. ► The ω phase is strongly related to the martensitic transformation and twinning structure. ► The ω phase in bcc Fe can serve as sinks for vacancies, H, and He atoms.

  19. Magnetic, magnetocaloric and magnetoresistive properties of cubic Laves phase HoAl2 single crystal.

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    Patra, M; Majumdar, S; Giri, S; Xiao, Y; Chatterji, T

    2014-01-29

    We report the magnetization (M) and magnetoresistance (MR) results of HoAl2 single crystals oriented along the ⟨100⟩ and ⟨110⟩ directions. Although HoAl2 has cubic Laves phase structure, a large anisotropy is observed in M and MR below the Curie temperature (TC). A satisfactory correlation between magnetic entropy change (ΔSM) and MR could be established along ⟨110⟩ and also ⟨100⟩, except for the temperature (T) region around which spin reorientation takes place. Large inverse magnetocaloric effect is observed at low T, which is associated with the spin reorientation process in the ⟨100⟩ direction. A theoretical model based on the Landau theory of phase transition can describe the T-variation of -ΔSM for T > TC.

  20. Structure imaging and vanadium substitution in cubic TiCr2 Laves phase

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    Ghosh, Chanchal; Sharma, Vinit; Basu, Joysurya; Ramachandran, Divakar; Mohandas, E.

    2015-08-01

    Properties of Laves phase compounds can be tailored by alloying and microstructural engineering. V-substituted cubic TiCr2 Laves phase has been studied to understand the location of V atoms in the lattice, by structural imaging and first-principle computations. Even though Ti, V and Cr appear next to each other in the periodic table, V preferentially replaces the Ti lattice producing anti-site defects. The defect formation energy for V substitution in Ti and in Cr lattice is 0.29 and 0.40 eV, respectively. V replacement in the Ti lattice generates atomic scale strain. Atomic numbers of V, Ti and Cr being very close, this phase is not quite suitable for incoherent imaging for understanding the structure and the chemistry. Instead, difference in channelling behaviour of electron waves along the Ti columns and along the Cr columns could be exploited to preferentially image the individual atom columns. Nature of the exit phase wave, phase and amplitude has been used to understand the contrast qualitatively. The intensity distribution of any particular atom column that is disturbed by the presence of foreign atom has been used to detect the position of V atoms. This method could be extended to study other Laves phases and complex intermetallic structures to understand their structure, defects and interfaces.

  1. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Tunable Multicolor Upconversion Emission of Cubic Phase Y2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Haibo Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Highly crystalline body-centered cubic structure Y2O3 with lanthanide (Ln codopants (Ln = Yb3+/Er3+ and Yb3+/Ho3+ has been synthesized via a moderate hydrothermal method in combination with a subsequent calcination. The structure and morphology of Y(OH3 precursors and Y2O3 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results reveal that the Y2O3 nanoparticles possess cubic phase and form the quasispherical structure. The upconversion luminescence properties of Y2O3 nanoparticles doped with different Ln3+ (Yb3+/ Er3+ and Yb3+/ Ho3+ ions were well investigated under the 980 nm excitation. The results show that the Yb3+/Er3+ and Yb3+/Ho3+ codoped Y2O3 nanoparticles exhibit strong red and light yellow upconversion emissions, respectively. It is expected that these Y2O3 nanoparticles with tunable multicolor output and intense red upconversion emission may have potential application in color displays and biolabels.

  2. Efficient dual-wavelength excitation of Tb3+ emission in rare-earth doped KYF4 cubic nanocrystals dispersed in silica sol-gel matrix

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    del-Castillo, J.; Yanes, A. C.; Santana-Alonso, A.; Méndez-Ramos, J.

    2014-11-01

    Energy transfer from Ce3+ to Tb3+ ions under UV excitation, giving rise to visible emissions, is investigated in sol-gel derived transparent nano-glass-ceramics containing cubic KYF4 nanocrystals, for different doping concentrations of rare-earth ions. Moreover, visible emissions of Tb3+ are also obtained under near-infrared excitation through energy transfer from Yb3+ ions by means of cooperative up-conversion processes. Thus, Ce3+-Tb3+-Yb3+ doped nano-glass-ceramics can be activated in a dual-wavelength mode yielding efficient blue-green emissions of particular interest in photovoltaic silicon solar cells and white-light emitting diodes.

  3. Phase portraits of cubic polynomial vector fields of Lotka-Volterra type having a rational first integral of degree 2

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    Cairo, Laurent [MAPMO/CNRS-Departement de Mathematiques, Universite d' Orleans, 45067 Orleans, Cedex 2 (France); Llibre, Jaume [Departament de Matematiques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain)

    2007-06-15

    We classify all the global phase portraits of the cubic polynomial vector fields of Lotka-Volterra type having a rational first integral of degree 2. For such vector fields there are exactly 28 different global phase portraits in the Poincare disc up to a reversal of sense of all orbits.

  4. A cubic scaling algorithm for excited states calculations in particle-particle random phase approximation

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    Lu, Jianfeng

    2016-01-01

    The particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) has been shown to be capable of describing double, Rydberg, and charge transfer excitations, for which the conventional time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) might not be suitable. It is thus desirable to reduce the computational cost of pp-RPA so that it can be efficiently applied to larger molecules and even solids. This paper introduces an $O(N^3)$ algorithm, where $N$ is the number of orbitals, based on an interpolative separable density fitting technique and the Jacobi-Davidson eigensolver to calculate a few low-lying excitations in the pp-RPA framework. The size of the pp-RPA matrix can also be reduced by keeping only a small portion of orbitals with orbital energy close to the Fermi energy. This reduced system leads to a smaller prefactor of the cubic scaling algorithm, while keeping the accuracy for the low-lying excitation energies.

  5. Cubic-to-Tetragonal Phase Transitions in Ag–Cu Nanorods

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    Francesco Delogu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular dynamics simulations have been used to investigate the structural behavior of nanorods with square cross section. The nanorods consist of pure Ag and Cu phases or of three Ag and Cu domains in the sequence Ag–Cu–Ag or Cu–Ag–Cu. Ag and Cu domains are separated by coherent interfaces. Depending on the side length and the size of individual domains, Ag and Cu can undergo a transition from the usual face-centered cubic structure to a body-centered tetragonal one. Such transition can involve the whole nanorod, or only the Ag domains. In the latter case, the transition is accompanied by a loss of coherency at the Ag–Cu interfaces, with a consequent release of elastic energy. The observed behaviors are connected with the stresses developed at the nanorod surfaces.

  6. Atomic ordering in cubic bismuth telluride alloy phases at high pressure

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    Loa, I.; Bos, J.-W. G.; Downie, R. A.; Syassen, K.

    2016-06-01

    Pressure-induced transitions from ordered intermetallic phases to substitutional alloys to semi-ordered phases were studied in a series of bismuth tellurides. By using angle-dispersive x-ray diffraction, the compounds Bi4Te5 , BiTe, and Bi2Te were observed to form alloys with the disordered body-centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure upon compression to above 14-19 GPa at room temperature. The BiTe and Bi2Te alloys and the previously discovered high-pressure alloys of Bi2Te3 and Bi4Te3 were all found to show atomic ordering after gentle annealing at very moderate temperatures of ˜100 ∘C . Upon annealing, BiTe transforms from bcc to the B2 (CsCl) crystal-structure type, and the other phases adopt semi-disordered variants thereof, featuring substitutional disorder on one of the two crystallographic sites. The transition pressures and atomic volumes of the alloy phases show systematic variations across the BimTen series including the end members Bi and Te. First-principles calculations were performed to characterize the electronic structure and chemical bonding properties of B2-type BiTe and to identify the driving forces of the ordering transition. The calculated Fermi surface of B2-type BiTe has an intricate structure and is predicted to undergo three topological changes between 20 and 60 GPa.

  7. Interdigitated lamella and bicontinuous cubic phases formation from natural cyclic surfactin and its linear derivative.

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    Imura, Tomohiro; Ikeda, Shintaro; Aburai, Kenichi; Taira, Toshiaki; Kitamoto, Dai

    2013-01-01

    The lyotropic phase behavior of the cyclic form surfactin (CS) produced by Bacillus subtilis and its linear derivative in aqueous solution was evaluated for the first time by using polarized light microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). By polarized light microscopy, the aqueous solutions of CS at the concentrations above 50 wt% were optically anisotropic and gave mosaic textures, suggesting the formation of lamella structures, while those of the linear surfactin (LS) were optically isotropic and no distinctive textures were observed. SAXS diffractograms of the CS solution above 50 wt% clearly gave the three peaks whose spacing ratio of 1: 2: 3, indicating the presence of the lamellar (L(α)) phase, while those of the LS solution gave multiple peaks whose spacing ratios of √2: √3: √4: √6: √8, confirming the bicontinuous cubic (V₂) phase of the symmetry Pn3m. It was also found that the lamellar phase with CS was composed of not ordinary bilayer but interdigitated bilayer with the unusual packing of the acyl chain region. These results clearly demonstrated that the cyclic peptide structure plays a key role in regulating their self-assembly, and naturally occurring CS is likely to form lamellar structure by balancing bulky peptide headgroups with interdigitated packing of their acyl chains.

  8. High pressure-induced distortion in face-centered cubic phase of thallium

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    Kotmool, Komsilp; Li, Bing; Chakraborty, Sudip; Bovornratanaraks, Thiti; Luo, Wei; Mao, Ho-kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2016-10-01

    The complex and unusual high-pressure phase transition of III-A (i.e. Al, Ga, and In) metals have been investigated in the last several decades because of their interesting periodic table position between the elements having metallic and covalent bonding. Our present first principles-based electronic structure calculations and experimental investigation have revealed the unusual distortion in face-centered cubic (f.c.c.) phase of the heavy element thallium (Tl) induced by the high pressure. We have predicted body-centered tetragonal (b.c.t) phase at 83 GPa using an evolutionary algorithm coupled with ab initio calculations, and this prediction has been confirmed with a slightly distorted parameter (2 × a - c)/c lowered by 1% using an angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction technique. The density functional theory (DFT)-based calculations suggest that s-p mixing states and the valence-core overlapping of 6s and 5d states play the most important roles for the phase transitions along the pathway h.c.p→b.c.t.

  9. Two cubic phases in kimzeyite garnet from the type locality Magnet Cove, Arkansas

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    Antao, Sytle M.; Cruickshank, Laura A.

    2016-11-08

    The crystal structure of an optically anisotropic kimzeyite garnet from Magnet Cove, Arkansas, USA, where it was first discovered, was refined with the Rietveld method, cubic space group, Ia\\overline 3 d, and monochromatic [λ = 0.41422 (2) Å] synchrotron high-resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HRPXRD) data. The Rietveld refinement reduced χ2and overallR(F2) values are 1.840 and 0.0647, respectively. The sample, with the general garnet formula[8]X3[6]Y2[4]Z3[4]O12, contains an intergrowth of two cubic phases that occur initially as oscillatory growth zoning, and patchy intergrowths arise later from fluid-enhanced dissolution and re-precipitation. The two compositions obtained with electron-probe microanalyses (EPMA) are Ca3.00(Zr1.31Ti4+0.46Fe3+0.22Mn3+0.01)Σ2[Al0.76Fe3+1.01Si1.23]Σ3O12for phase 1aand Ca2.99(Zr1.48Ti4+0.37Fe3+0.15)Σ2[Al0.87Fe3+0.98Si1.15]Σ3O12for phase 1b. The weight percentage, unit-cell parameter (Å), distances (Å), and site occupancy factors (s.o.f.s) for phase 1aare as follows: 42.6 (2)%,a= 12.46553 (3) Å, average <X—O> = 2.482,Y—O = 2.059 (2),Z—O = 1.761 (2) Å, Ca (Xs.o.f.) = 0.960 (4), Zr (Ys.o.f.) = 0.809 (3), and Fe (Zs.o.f.) = 0.623 (2). The corresponding values for phase 1bare 57.4 (2)%,a= 12.47691 (2) Å, average <

  10. The structure, thermal properties and phase transformations of the cubic polymorph of magnesium tetrahydroborate.

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    David, W I F; Callear, S K; Jones, M O; Aeberhard, P C; Culligan, S D; Pohl, A H; Johnson, S R; Ryan, K R; Parker, J E; Edwards, P P; Nuttall, C J; Amieiro-Fonseca, A

    2012-09-07

    The structure of the cubic polymorph of magnesium tetrahydroborate (γ-Mg(BH(4))(2)) has been determined in space group Ia3d from a structural database of the isoelectronic compound SiO(2); this has been corroborated by DFT calculations. The structure is found to concur with that recently determined by Filinchuk et al. (Y. Filinchuk, B. Richter, T. R. Jensen, V. Dmitriev, D. Chernyshov and H. Hagemann, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201100675). The phase transformations and subsequent decomposition of γ-Mg(BH(4))(2) on heating have been ascertained from variable-temperature synchrotron X-ray diffraction data combined with thermogravimetric and mass spectrometry measurements. At ~160 °C, conversion to a disordered variant of the β-Mg(BH(4))(2) phase (denoted as β') is observed along with a further unidentified polymorph. There is evidence of amorphous phases during decomposition but there is no direct crystallographic indication of the existence of Mg(B(12)H(12)) or other intermediate Mg-B-H compounds. MgH(2) and finally Mg are observed in the X-ray diffraction data after decomposition.

  11. Low Temperature Synthesis of Cubic-phase Fast-ionic Conducting Bi-doped Garnet Solid State Electrolytes

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    Schwanz, Derek K.; Marinero, Ernesto

    We report on the synthesis of cubic-phase fast ionic conducting garnet solid state electrolytes based on LiLaZrO (LLZO) at unprecedented low synthesis temperatures. Ionic conductivities around 1.2 x 10-4 S/cm are readily achieved. Bismuth aliovalent substitution into LLZO utilizing the Pechini processing method is successfully employed to synthesize LiLaZrBiO compounds. Cubic phase LiLaZrBiO powders are generated in the temperature range 650C to 900C in air. In contrast, in the absence of Bi and under identical synthesis conditions, the cubic phase of LiLaZrO is not formed below 750C and a transformation to the poor ionically conducting tetragonal phase is observed at 800C for the undoped compound. The critical role of Bi in lowering the formation temperature of the garnet cubic phase and the improvements in ionic conductivity are elucidated in this work through microstructural and electrochemical studies.

  12. Microporous silica gels from alkylsilicate-water two phase hydrolysis

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    Chu, L.; Tejedor-Tejedor, M.I.; Anderson, M.A. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States). Water Chemistry Program

    1994-12-31

    Microporous silica gels have been synthesized through a nano-particulate sol-gel route. These gels have uniformly distributed and extremely small pores(< 15 {angstrom} in diameter). Hydrolysis and condensation reactions leading to these gels were carried out in an alkyl silicate-water (ammonia) two phase system. These reactions took place at the alkyl silicate droplet-water interfacial boundary. No alcohol was added. A clear, stable and uniformly distributed colloidal silica suspension having an average particle size less than 6 nm was prepared by this method. Fast hydrolysis, slow condensation and low solubility all contribute to a high supersaturation level and result in the formation of small particles. This process is consistent with classic nucleation theory. When the particles are produced under acidic rather than under basic reaction conditions, smaller particles are formed due to the slower condensation rate and lower solubility of these silica particles in acidic conditions. At the same pH, alkylsilicates having smaller alkyl groups react faster with water leading to smaller primary particles. Homogeneous nucleation conditions are achieved when the water/alkylsilicate ratio is high.

  13. Triblock polyphiles through click chemistry: self-assembled thermotropic cubic phases formed by micellar and monolayer vesicular aggregates.

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    Tan, Xiaoping; Kong, Leiyang; Dai, Heng; Cheng, Xiaohong; Liu, Feng; Tschierske, Carsten

    2013-11-25

    Three series of triblock polyphiles consisting of a rigid 4-phenyl-1,2,3-triazole or 1,4-diphenyl-1,2,3-triazole core with three lipophilic and flexible alkoxyl chains at one end and a polar glycerol group at the opposite end were synthesized by copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne click reactions. Their mesophase behavior was studied by polarizing optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and XRD. Depending on alkyl chain length and core length, a transition from hexagonal columnar to Pm3n-type cubic phases was observed. In the cubic phases, the molecules are organized as spherical objects. Remarkably, compounds with a longer core unit have a higher tendency to form these cubic phases, and their stability is strongly enhanced over those of the compounds with a shorter core, despite longer cores having a smaller cone angle and therefore being expected to disfavor the formation of spherical objects. There is a large difference in the number of molecules involved in the spherical aggregates formed by compounds with long and short cores. Whereas the aggregates in the cubic phases of the compounds with short rod units are small and could be regarded as micellar, the long-core compounds form much larger aggregates which are regarded as a kind of monolayer vesicular aggregate.

  14. Clean Grain Boundary Found in C14/Body-Center-Cubic Multi-Phase Metal Hydride Alloys

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    Hao-Ting Shen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The grain boundaries of three Laves phase-related body-center-cubic (bcc solid-solution, metal hydride (MH alloys with different phase abundances were closely examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and more importantly, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD techniques. By using EBSD, we were able to identify the alignment of the crystallographic orientations of the three major phases in the alloys (C14, bcc, and B2 structures. This finding confirms the presence of crystallographically sharp interfaces between neighboring phases, which is a basic assumption for synergetic effects in a multi-phase MH system.

  15. Distinguishing cubic and hexagonal phases within InGaN/GaN microstructures using electron energy loss spectroscopy.

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    Griffiths, I J; Cherns, D; Albert, S; Bengoechea-Encabo, A; Angel Sanchez, M; Calleja, E; Schimpke, T; Strassburg, M

    2016-05-01

    3D InGaN/GaN microstructures grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been extensively studied using a range of electron microscopy techniques. The growth of material by MBE has led to the growth of cubic GaN material. The changes in these crystal phases has been investigated by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, where the variations in the fine structure of the N K-edge shows a clear difference allowing the mapping of the phases to take place. GaN layers grown for light emitting devices sometimes have cubic inclusions in the normally hexagonal wurtzite structures, which can influence the device electronic properties. Differences in the fine structure of the N K-edge between cubic and hexagonal material in electron energy loss spectra are used to map cubic and hexagonal regions in a GaN/InGaN microcolumnar device. The method of mapping is explained, and the factors limiting spatial resolution are discussed.

  16. Distinguishing cubic and hexagonal phases within InGaN/GaN microstructures using electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    CHERNS, D; ALBERT, S.; BENGOECHEA‐ENCABO, A.; ANGEL SANCHEZ, M.; CALLEJA, E.; SCHIMPKE, T.; STRASSBURG, M.

    2015-01-01

    Summary 3D InGaN/GaN microstructures grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been extensively studied using a range of electron microscopy techniques. The growth of material by MBE has led to the growth of cubic GaN material. The changes in these crystal phases has been investigated by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy, where the variations in the fine structure of the N K‐edge shows a clear difference allowing the mapping of the phases to take place. GaN layers grown for light emitting devices sometimes have cubic inclusions in the normally hexagonal wurtzite structures, which can influence the device electronic properties. Differences in the fine structure of the N K‐edge between cubic and hexagonal material in electron energy loss spectra are used to map cubic and hexagonal regions in a GaN/InGaN microcolumnar device. The method of mapping is explained, and the factors limiting spatial resolution are discussed. PMID:26366483

  17. Dynamical stabilization of the body centered cubic phase in lanthanum and thorium by phonon-phonon interaction

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    Souvatzis, P; Rudin, S P [Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Bjoerkman, T; Eriksson, O [Department of Physics, Uppsala University, Box 530, SE-75121, Uppsala (Sweden); Andersson, P [FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency, SE-164 90 Stockholm (Sweden); Katsnelson, M I [Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL-6525 ED, Nijmegen (Netherlands)], E-mail: petros.souvatzis@gmail.com

    2009-04-29

    A recently developed self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamical method has been applied to the high temperature body centered cubic (bcc) phase of La and Th, which are dynamically unstable at low temperatures. The bcc phase of these metals is found to be stabilized by phonon-phonon interactions. The calculated high temperature phonon frequencies for La are found to be in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data.

  18. Photocurrent generation in carbon nanotube/cubic-phase HfO2 nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites

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    Protima Rauwel

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A hybrid material consisting of nonfunctionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs and cubic-phase HfO2 nanoparticles (NPs with an average diameter of 2.6 nm has been synthesized. Free standing HfO2 NPs present unusual optical properties and a strong photoluminescence emission in the visible region, originating from surface defects. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that these NPs decorate the MWCNTs on topological defect sites. The electronic structure of the C K-edge in the nanocomposites was probed by electron energy loss spectroscopy, highlighting the key role of the MWCNT growth defects in anchoring HfO2 NPs. A combined optical emission and absorption spectroscopy approach illustrated that, in contrast to HfO2 NPs, the metallic MWCNTs do not emit light but instead expose their discrete electronic structure in the absorption spectra. The hybrid material manifests characteristic absorption features with a gradual merger of the MWCNT π-plasmon resonance band with the intrinsic defect band and fundamental edge of HfO2. The photoluminescence of the nanocomposites indicates features attributed to combined effects of charge desaturation of HfO2 surface states and charge transfer to the MWCNTs with an overall reduction of radiative recombination. Finally, photocurrent generation under UV–vis illumination suggests that a HfO2 NP/MWCNT hybrid system can be used as a flexible nanodevice for light harvesting applications.

  19. Molecular Dynamics Study of Cubic Boron Nitride Nanoparticles: Decomposition with Phase Segregation during Melting.

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    Lee, Hsiao-Fang; Esfarjani, Keivan; Dong, Zhizhong; Xiong, Gang; Pelegri, Assimina A; Tse, Stephen D

    2016-11-22

    The relative stability and melting of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) nanoparticles of varying shapes and sizes are studied using classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Focusing on the melting of octahedral c-BN nanoparticles, which consist solely of the most stable {111} facets, decomposition is observed to occur during melting, along with the formation of phase segregated boron clusters inside the c-BN nanoparticles, concurrent with vaporization of surface nitrogen atoms. To assess this MD prediction, a laser-heating experiment of c-BN powders is conducted, manifesting boron clusters for the post-treated powders. A general analysis of the geometrical and surface dependence of the nanoparticle ground-state energy using a Stillinger-Weber potential determines the relative stability of cube-shaped, octahedral, cuboctahedral, and truncated-octahedral c-BN nanoparticles. This stability is further examined using transient MD simulations of the melting behavior of the differently shaped nanoparticles, providing insights and revealing the key roles played by corner and edge initiated disorder as well as surface reconstruction from {100} to the more stable {111} facets in the melting process. Finally, the size dependence of the melting point of octahedral c-BN nanoparticles is investigated, showing the well-known qualitative trend of depression of melting temperature with decreasing size, albeit with different quantitative behavior from that predicted by existing analytical models.

  20. Visualization of membrane protein crystals in lipid cubic phase using X-ray imaging.

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    Warren, Anna J; Armour, Wes; Axford, Danny; Basham, Mark; Connolley, Thomas; Hall, David R; Horrell, Sam; McAuley, Katherine E; Mykhaylyk, Vitaliy; Wagner, Armin; Evans, Gwyndaf

    2013-07-01

    The focus in macromolecular crystallography is moving towards even more challenging target proteins that often crystallize on much smaller scales and are frequently mounted in opaque or highly refractive materials. It is therefore essential that X-ray beamline technology develops in parallel to accommodate such difficult samples. In this paper, the use of X-ray microradiography and microtomography is reported as a tool for crystal visualization, location and characterization on the macromolecular crystallography beamlines at the Diamond Light Source. The technique is particularly useful for microcrystals and for crystals mounted in opaque materials such as lipid cubic phase. X-ray diffraction raster scanning can be used in combination with radiography to allow informed decision-making at the beamline prior to diffraction data collection. It is demonstrated that the X-ray dose required for a full tomography measurement is similar to that for a diffraction grid-scan, but for sample location and shape estimation alone just a few radiographic projections may be required.

  1. Lipidic cubic phase injector is a viable crystal delivery system for time-resolved serial crystallography.

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    Nogly, Przemyslaw; Panneels, Valerie; Nelson, Garrett; Gati, Cornelius; Kimura, Tetsunari; Milne, Christopher; Milathianaki, Despina; Kubo, Minoru; Wu, Wenting; Conrad, Chelsie; Coe, Jesse; Bean, Richard; Zhao, Yun; Båth, Petra; Dods, Robert; Harimoorthy, Rajiv; Beyerlein, Kenneth R; Rheinberger, Jan; James, Daniel; DePonte, Daniel; Li, Chufeng; Sala, Leonardo; Williams, Garth J; Hunter, Mark S; Koglin, Jason E; Berntsen, Peter; Nango, Eriko; Iwata, So; Chapman, Henry N; Fromme, Petra; Frank, Matthias; Abela, Rafael; Boutet, Sébastien; Barty, Anton; White, Thomas A; Weierstall, Uwe; Spence, John; Neutze, Richard; Schertler, Gebhard; Standfuss, Jörg

    2016-08-22

    Serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) using X-ray free-electron laser sources is an emerging method with considerable potential for time-resolved pump-probe experiments. Here we present a lipidic cubic phase SFX structure of the light-driven proton pump bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to 2.3 Å resolution and a method to investigate protein dynamics with modest sample requirement. Time-resolved SFX (TR-SFX) with a pump-probe delay of 1 ms yields difference Fourier maps compatible with the dark to M state transition of bR. Importantly, the method is very sample efficient and reduces sample consumption to about 1 mg per collected time point. Accumulation of M intermediate within the crystal lattice is confirmed by time-resolved visible absorption spectroscopy. This study provides an important step towards characterizing the complete photocycle dynamics of retinal proteins and demonstrates the feasibility of a sample efficient viscous medium jet for TR-SFX.

  2. Phase-controlled synthesis and magnetic properties of cubic and hexagonal CoO nanocrystals

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    Qi, Qiongqiong; Chen, Yuanzhi; Wang, Laisen; Zeng, Deqian; Peng, Dong-Liang

    2016-11-01

    We report facile solution approaches for the phase-controlled synthesis of rock-salt cubic CoO (c-CoO) and wurtzite-type hexagonal CoO (h-CoO) nanocrystals. In the syntheses, the cobalt precursor cobalt (II) stearate is decomposed in 1-octadecene at 320 °C, and the crystalline phase of synthesized products depend critically on the amounts of H2O. While the presence of small amounts of H2O promotes the generation of c-CoO, h-CoO is obtained in the absence of H2O. The as-prepared c-CoO nanocrystals exhibit a multi-branched morphology with several short rods growing on the direction interlaced together whereas the h-CoO nanocrystals show a multi-rod structure with several rods growing on the same base facet along the c-axis. The formation mechanisms are discussed on the basis of FTIR spectrometry data and color changes of the reaction mixture. Finally the magnetic properties of as-prepared CoO nanocrystals are measured and the results show that c-CoO nanocrystals are intrinsically antiferromagnetic with a Néel temperature of about 300 K but the antiferromagnetic ordering is not distinct for the h-CoO nanocrystals. Weak ferromagnetic contributions are also observed for both c-CoO and h-CoO nanocrystals with obvious magnetic hysteresis at 5 and 300 K. The uncompensated spins that can be induced by crystalline defects such as cation-vacancy may account for the observed weak ferromagnetism.

  3. Nitrogen-free sol-gel synthesis of Al-substituted cubic garnet Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO)

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    Rosenkiewitz, N.; Schuhmacher, J.; Bockmeyer, M.; Deubener, J.

    2015-03-01

    A nitrogen-free sol-gel synthesis of Al-substituted cubic lithium lanthanum zirconium garnet (c-LLZO) was developed. Polycrystalline powders of c-LLZO of the composition Li6.42Al0.32La3Zr1.91O12.02 were prepared from the molecular mixtures of lithium acetate, lanthanum acetate, zirconium propoxide and aluminum chloride and subsequent annealing of the dried precursor sol at 1000 °C for 7 h free of nitrogen oxide gas emissions. The obtained powders had traces of lithium zirconate (<4 wt%), an ionic conductivity of the order of 10-5 S cm-1 and showed a heterogeneous microstructure, which was assumed to result from early melt formation.

  4. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the physical properties of magnesium arsenide in cubic and hexagonal phases

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    Mokhtari, Ali; Sedighi, Matin

    2010-04-01

    Full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT) was applied to study the structural and electronic properties of the magnesium arsenide in both cubic and hexagonal phases. The exchange-correlation functional was approximated as a generalized gradient functional introduced by Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (GGA96) and Engel-Vosko (EV-GGA). The lattice parameters, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative, cohesive energy, band structures and effective mass of electrons and holes (EME and EMH) were obtained and compared to the available experimental and theoretical results. A phase transition was predicted at pressure of about 1.63 GPa from the cubic to the hexagonal phase. The effect of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of the electronic properties such as band gap, valence bandwidths, anti-symmetry gap (the energy gap between two parts of the valence bands), EME and EMH were investigated using both GGA96 and EV-GGA methods. High applied pressure can decrease (increase) the holes mobility of cubic (hexagonal) phase of this compound.

  5. Preparation and Delivery of Protein Microcrystals in Lipidic Cubic Phase for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography.

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    Ishchenko, Andrii; Cherezov, Vadim; Liu, Wei

    2016-09-20

    Membrane proteins (MPs) are essential components of cellular membranes and primary drug targets. Rational drug design relies on precise structural information, typically obtained by crystallography; however MPs are difficult to crystallize. Recent progress in MP structural determination has benefited greatly from the development of lipidic cubic phase (LCP) crystallization methods, which typically yield well-diffracting, but often small crystals that suffer from radiation damage during traditional crystallographic data collection at synchrotron sources. The development of new-generation X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) sources that produce extremely bright femtosecond pulses has enabled room temperature data collection from microcrystals with no or negligible radiation damage. Our recent efforts in combining LCP technology with serial femtosecond crystallography (LCP-SFX) have resulted in high-resolution structures of several human G protein-coupled receptors, which represent a notoriously difficult target for structure determination. In the LCP-SFX technique, LCP is recruited as a matrix for both growth and delivery of MP microcrystals to the intersection of the injector stream with an XFEL beam for crystallographic data collection. It has been demonstrated that LCP-SFX can substantially improve the diffraction resolution when only sub-10 µm crystals are available, or when the use of smaller crystals at room temperature can overcome various problems associated with larger cryocooled crystals, such as accumulation of defects, high mosaicity and cryocooling artifacts. Future advancements in X-ray sources and detector technologies should make serial crystallography highly attractive and practicable for implementation not only at XFELs, but also at more accessible synchrotron beamlines. Here we present detailed visual protocols for the preparation, characterization and delivery of microcrystals in LCP for serial crystallography experiments. These protocols include

  6. Cubic phase nanoparticles for sustained release of ibuprofen formulation characterization and enhanced bioavailability study

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    Dian L

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Linghui Dian,1,2,* Zhiwen Yang,3,* Feng Li,1 Zhouhua Wang,1 Xin Pan,1 Xinsheng Peng,2 Xintian Huang,1 Zhefei Guo,1 Guilan Quan,1 Xuan Shi,1 Bao Chen,1 Ge Li,4 Chuanbin Wu1,41School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, University Town, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Guangdong Medical College, Dongguan, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Gastroenterology, Songjiang Branch of the Affiliated First People’s Hospital of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 4Guangdong Research Center for Drug Delivery Systems, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: In order to improve the oral bioavailability of ibuprofen, ibuprofen-loaded cubic nanoparticles were prepared as a delivery system for aqueous formulations. The cubic inner structure was verified by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. With an encapsulation efficiency greater than 85%, the ibuprofen-loaded cubic nanoparticles had a narrow size distribution around a mean size of 238 nm. Differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction determined that ibuprofen was in an amorphous and molecular form within the lipid matrix. The in vitro release of ibuprofen from cubic nanoparticles was greater than 80% at 24 hours, showing sustained characteristics. The pharmacokinetic study in beagle dogs showed improved absorption of ibuprofen from cubic nanoparticles compared to that of pure ibuprofen, with evidence of a longer half-life and a relative oral bioavailability of 222% (P < 0.05. The ibuprofen-loaded cubic nanoparticles provide a promising carrier candidate with an efficient drug delivery for therapeutic treatment.Keywords: ibuprofen, cubic nanoparticles, oral drug delivery, bioavailability

  7. Trehalose-induced destabilization of interdigitated gel phase in dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine.

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    Takahashi, H; Ohmae, H; Hatta, I

    1997-01-01

    Trehalose is believed to have the ability to protect some organisms against low temperatures. To clarify the cryoprotective mechanism of trehalose, the structure and the phase behavior of fully hydrated dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine (DHPC) membranes in the presence of various concentrations of trehalose were studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), static x-ray diffraction, and simultaneous x-ray diffraction and DSC measurements. The temperature of the interdigitated gel (Lbeta(i))-to-ripple (Pbeta') phase transition of DHPC decreases with a rise in trehalose concentration up to approximately 1.0 M. Above a trehalose concentration of approximately 1.0 M, no Lbeta(i) phase is observed. In this connection, the electron density profile calculated from the lamellar diffraction data in the presence of 1.6 M trehalose indicates that DHPC forms noninterdigitated bilayers below the P beta' phase. It was concluded that trehalose destabilizes the Lbeta(i) phase of DHPC bilayers. This suggests that trehalose reduces the area at the interface between the lipid and water. The relation between this effect of trehalose and a low temperature tolerance was discussed from the viewpoint of cold-induced denaturation of proteins. PMID:9414217

  8. Rapid phase-controlled microwave synthesis of nanostructured hierarchical tetragonal and cubic β-In 2S 3 dandelion flowers

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    Naik, S. D.; Jagadale, T. C.; Apte, S. K.; Sonawane, R. S.; Kulkarni, M. V.; Patil, S. I.; Ogale, S. B.; Kale, B. B.

    2008-02-01

    Phase controlled synthesis of hierarchical nanostructured β-In 2S 3 dandelion flowers is realized by a rapid microwave solvothermal process using indium metal, nitric acid and thiourea as precursors. The tetragonal and cubic phases of the compound have been successfully and separately stabilized in the same type of dandelion morphology by using aqueous-mediated and methanol-mediated synthesis, respectively. The possible mechanism responsible for phase control is discussed. Optical properties of the flowers as well as their hydrogen generation capability by photodecomposition of H 2S under visible light are also reported.

  9. Potassium doped barium bismuthates coexisting near the tetra (ortho) and cubic phases boundary: crystal growth and properties

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    Barilo, S.N. [Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics, Minsk 220072 (Belarus). E-mail: bars at ifttp.bas-net.by; Shiryaev, S.V.; Soldatov, A.G.; Smirnova, T.V.; Gatalskaya, V.I. [Institute of Solid State and Semiconductors Physics, Minsk 220072 (Belarus); Reichardt, W. [Foschungszentrum Karlsruhe, INFP, 3640-76021, Karlsruhe (Germany); Braden, M. [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CE-Saclay, CEA, Cedex 91191, Gif sur Yvette (France); Szymczak, H.; Szymczak, R.; Baran, M. [Institute of Physics, PL02-668, Warsaw (Poland)

    2000-08-01

    We report on the seeded growth of large (up to 2 cm{sup 3}) single crystals of the cubic and orthorhombic phases of Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3}. The shape of the crystals varies with potassium content from a cube to a cube-octahedron shape at x{approx}0.2. The flux saturated by Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} alone with an anode potential of +740 mV were selected to grow cubic Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3} crystals with x 0.67, T{sub c}{approx}4.5 K. We found that a new cubic phase (x = 0.51, a = 4.266 A) of crystals could be grown under +970 mV potential and reduced Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} content in the flux. The crystals grown at {approx}250 deg. C acquired a cube-octahedron shape. In turn, crystals of the tetragonal Ba{sub 1.7}K{sub 1.3}Bi{sub 2}O{sub 7} phase (a = 4.25 A, c = 21.91 A) up to several mm{sup 3} in size were grown at the same temperature but lower potential and higher Bi{sub 2O}3 concentration in the flux. Surprisingly the crystals exhibited a weak superconductor-like magnetization. (author)

  10. Determination of Copper in Different Ethanolic Matrices Using a Chloropropyl Silica Gel Modified with a Nanostructured Cubic Octa(3-aminopropyloctasilsesquioxane

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    Devaney Ribeiro Do Carmo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The chloropropyl silica gel was modified with octa(3-aminopropyloctasilsesquioxane and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, spectroscopies, and surface and area porosity. The specific sorption capacity of metallic ions (Cu2+ and Ni2+ increases in the following solvent order: water < ethanol 42% < ethanol < ketone. The high values of the constant (K in the order of 103 L mol−1 suggested the high adsorbent capacity of the modified silica (SGAPC for Cu2+ and Ni2+. SGAPC was applied to a separation column and shows recoveries of around 100% of copper in samples of sugar cane spirit, vodka, ginger brandy, and ethanol fuel.

  11. Atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Yuan

    2013-12-24

    Here, we report the atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb 1.5O7 (BMN) nanoparticles with mean size of 70 nm, which were synthesized by sol-gel method. The crystallinity, phase formation, morphology, and surface microstructure of the BMN nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), respectively. The phase evolution of the BMN nanoparticles investigated by XRD patterns showed that uniform cubic pyrochlore BMN nanoparticles were obtained after calcination at temperature of 800 C, and their structural information was revealed by Raman spectrum. TEM images demonstrated that the BMN nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with an average particle size of 70 nm, and their crystalline nature was revealed by HRTEM images. In addition, HRTEM images also demonstrate a terrace-ledge-kink (TLK) surface structure at the edges of rough BMN nanoparticles, where the terrace was on the (100) plane, and the ledge on the (001) plane. The formation of such a TLK surface structure can be well explained by a theory of periodic bond chains. Due to the surface structural reconstruction in the BMN nanoparticles, the formation of a tetragonal structure in a rough BMN nanoparticle was also revealed by HRTEM image. The BMN nanoparticles exhibited dielectric constants of 50 at 100 kHz and 30 at 1 MHz, and the dielectric loss of 0.19 at 1 MHz. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

  12. Gel-gel phase separation within milk sphingomyelin domains revealed at the nanoscale using atomic force microscopy.

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    Guyomarc'h, Fanny; Chen, Maohui; Et-Thakafy, Oumaima; Zou, Shan; Lopez, Christelle

    2017-05-01

    The milk sphingomyelin (MSM) is involved in the formation of ordered lipid domains in the biological milk fat globule membrane (MFGM), where it accounts for about 30%wt of the polar lipids. Moreover, MSM exhibits a large variety in saturated acyl chain lengths (from C16:0 to C24:0-SM) compared to other natural sphingomyelins, which may impact the packing of MSM molecular species in the gel phase domains and the topography of the MFGM. To investigate this, supported lipid bilayers of synthetic sphingomyelins or of MSM-containing mixtures, including a MFGM polar lipid extract, were imaged at temperatures below the Tm of MSM (i.e. gel phase) in hydrated conditions using atomic force microscopy. In all compositions containing MSM, the MSM-rich gel phase domains exhibited lower and upper height levels H, interpreted as two distinct gel phases with ∆H~0.5-1.1nm. Two (lower and upper) gel phases were also found for pure C24:0-SM bilayers or for bilayers of a C16:0-SM/C24:0-SM equimolar mixture, while C16:0-SM bilayers were uniformly flat and less thick than C24:0-SM bilayers. The upper gel phase of MSM-containing bilayers was interpreted as mixed interdigitated C24:0-SM molecules, while the lower gel phase was attributed both to fully interdigitated C24:0-SM molecules and non-interdigitated C16:0-SM molecules. These results show that the composition of natural sphingomyelins, inducing a mismatch between the d18:1 sphingosine and the acyl chains, is important in both the internal organization and the topography of biological membranes, especially that of the MFGM. This organization could be involved in specific biological functions, e.g. the insertion of proteins.

  13. New pathway for the formation of metallic cubic phase Ge-Sb-Te compounds induced by an electric current

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    Yong-Jin Park; Ju-Young Cho; Min-Woo Jeong; Sekwon Na; Young-Chang Joo

    2016-01-01

    The novel discovery of a current-induced transition from insulator to metal in the crystalline phase of Ge2Sb2Te5 and GeSb4Te7 have been studied by means of a model using line-patterned samples. The resistivity of cubic phase Ge-Sb-Te compound was reduced by an electrical current (~1 MA/cm2), and the final resistivity was determined based on the stress current density, regardless of the initial resistivity and temperature, which indicates that the conductivity of Ge-Sb-Te compound can be modu...

  14. Tetragonal vs. cubic phase stability in Al – free Ta doped Li 7 La 3 Zr 2 O 12 (LLZO)

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    Thompson, Travis [Michigan State University; Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; 2527 Michigan State University; East Lansing, USA; Wolfenstine, Jeff [Army Research Laboratory; Adelphi, USA; Allen, Jan L. [Army Research Laboratory; Adelphi, USA; Johannes, Michelle [Naval Research Laboratory; Center for Computational Materials Science; , USA; Huq, Ashfia [Spallation Neutron Source; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge, USA; David, Isabel N. [Michigan State University; Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; 2527 Michigan State University; East Lansing, USA; Sakamoto, Jeff [Michigan State University; Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; 2527 Michigan State University; East Lansing, USA

    2014-01-01

    X-ray and neutron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, complex impedance spectroscopy and electron microscopy were used to characterize the tetragonalvs.cubic phase stability in superionic conducting garnet-oxide electrolyte.

  15. Ionic and Optical Properties of Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite across the Tetragonal-Cubic Structural Phase Transition

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    Hoque, Md Nadim Ferdous [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Nano Tech Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409 USA; Islam, Nazifah [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Nano Tech Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409 USA; Li, Zhen [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden Colorado 80401 USA; Ren, Guofeng [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Nano Tech Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409 USA; Zhu, Kai [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden Colorado 80401 USA; Fan, Zhaoyang [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Nano Tech Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas 79409 USA

    2016-09-01

    Practical hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) must endure temperatures above the tetragonal-cubic structural phase transition of methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3). However, the ionic and optical properties of MAPbI3 in such a temperature range, and particularly, dramatic changes in these properties resulting from a structural phase transition, are not well studied. Herein, we report a striking contrast at approximately 45 degrees C in the ionic/electrical properties of MAPbl3 owing to a change of the ion activation energy from 0.7 to 0.5 eV, whereas the optical properties exhibit no particular transition except for the steady increase of the bandgap with temperature. These observations can be explained by the 'continuous' nature of perovskite phase transition. We speculate that the critical temperature at which the ionic/electrical properties change, although related to crystal symmetry variation, is not necessarily the same temperature as when tetragonal-cubic structural phase transition occurs.

  16. Effects of Oscillatory Shear on the Orientation of the Inverse Bicontinuous Cubic Phase in a Nonionic Surfactant/Water System.

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    Yamanoi, Mutsumi; Kawabata, Youhei; Kato, Tadashi

    2016-03-29

    The bicontinuous inverse cubic phase (V2 phase) formed in amphiphilic systems consists of bilayer networks with a long-range order. We have investigated effects of oscillatory shear on the orientation of the V2 phase with space group Ia3d formed in a nonionic surfactant (C12E2)/water system by using simultaneous measurements of rheology/small-angle X-ray scattering. It is shown that grain refining occurs by applying the large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) with a strain amplitude (γ0) of ∼20, which gives the ratio of the loss modulus (G″) to the storage modulus (G') (G″/G' = tan δ) of ∼100. On the other hand, orientation of the cubic lattice occurs when the small amplitude (γ0 ≈ 0.0004) oscillatory shear (SAOS) in the linear regime is applied to the sample just after the LAOS. Interestingly, the orientation is strongly enhanced by the "medium amplitude" (γ0 ≈ 0.05) oscillatory shear ("MAOS") after the SAOS. When the MAOS is applied before applying the LAOS, orientation to a particular direction is not observed, indicating that the grain refining process by the LAOS is necessary for the orientation during the MAOS. The results of additional experiments show that the shear sequence "LAOS-MAOS" is effective for the orientation of the cubic lattice. When the LAOS and MAOS are applied to the sample alternatively, grain refining and orientation occur during the LAOS and MAOS, respectively, indicating reversibility of the orientation. It is shown that (i) the degree of the orientation is dependent on γ0 and the frequency (ω) of the MAOS and (ii) relatively higher orientation can be obtained for the combination of γ0 and ω, which gives tan δ = 2-3. The lattice constant does not change throughout all the shearing processes and is equal to that before shearing within the experimental errors, indicating that the shear melting does not occur. These results suggest a possibility to control the orientation of the cubic lattice only by changing the

  17. Potential use of cubic phase masks for extending the range of clear vision in presbyopes: initial calculation and simulation studies.

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    Arines, Justo; Almaguer, Citlalli; Acosta, Eva

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we analyse the potential use of a non-symmetrical optical element, a cubic phase mask, for extending the range of clear vision of presbyopic eyes. Additionally, we will discuss the appropriateness of the visual Strehl ratio to analyse this sort of presbyopic solution based on non-symmetrical phase masks contrasted with through-focus retinal images. In order to evaluate the performance of the cubic phase mask we employed computational Fourier Optics to compute the different visual Strehl criteria as well as simulate the retinal images. The through focus real part of the modulation transfer functions and retinal images were computed for four object distances 6.0, 1.0, 0.6 and 0.4 m which correspond to far, intermediate and near vision conditions for optotypes of visual acuity of 0.1 and 0.0 logMAR (Snellen 6/7.5 and 6/6; 0.8 and 1 in decimal Snellen). For the experimental validation we built an artificial eye consisting of a plano-convex lens with a focal length of 25.4 mm and 0.5 numerical aperture, a variable diaphragm, a 3× objective and an ORCA 285 Hamamatsu Photonics camera 8.1 μm pixel size (resulting in an effective pixel size of 2.7 μm). A set of four different VA charts adapted to monitor different visual acuities (ranging between 0.0 and 0.20 logMAR) were placed at different object distances 6, 1.0, 0.6 and 0.4 m from the artificial eye. Both numerical and experimental validation showed the suitability of the cubic phase mask for extending the range of clear vision of presbyopic eyes, providing at least a visual acuity of 0.1 logMAR (6/7.5 Snellen, 0.8 decimal Snellen) at all distances. The results show that it is possible to choose between promoting far or near vision by changing the magnitude of the defocus component. It is also possible to extend the range of clear vision, by increasing the magnitude of the cubic component. But this increment will cause a reduction in the contrast of the images as it can be observed from the Visual

  18. First-principles study of the structural stability of cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases in Mn₃Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds.

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    Zhang, Delin; Yan, Binghai; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kübler, Jürgen; Kreiner, Guido; Parkin, Stuart S P; Felser, Claudia

    2013-05-22

    We investigate the structural stability and magnetic properties of the cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases of Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds using first-principles density-functional theory. We propose that the cubic phase plays an important role as an intermediate state in the phase transition from the hexagonal to the tetragonal phases. Consequently, Mn3Ga and Mn3Ge behave differently from Mn3Sn, because the relative energies of the cubic and hexagonal phases are different. This result agrees with experimental observations for these three compounds. The weak ferromagnetism of the hexagonal phase and the perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the tetragonal phase obtained in our calculations are also consistent with experiment.

  19. First-principles study of the structural stability of cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases in Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds

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    Zhang, Delin; Yan, Binghai; Wu, Shu-Chun; Kübler, Jürgen; Kreiner, Guido; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Felser, Claudia

    2013-05-01

    We investigate the structural stability and magnetic properties of the cubic, tetragonal and hexagonal phases of Mn3Z (Z=Ga, Sn and Ge) Heusler compounds using first-principles density-functional theory. We propose that the cubic phase plays an important role as an intermediate state in the phase transition from the hexagonal to the tetragonal phases. Consequently, Mn3Ga and Mn3Ge behave differently from Mn3Sn, because the relative energies of the cubic and hexagonal phases are different. This result agrees with experimental observations for these three compounds. The weak ferromagnetism of the hexagonal phase and the perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the tetragonal phase obtained in our calculations are also consistent with experiment.

  20. Phonon Calculations in Cubic and Tetragonal Phases of SrTiO3: a Comparative LCAO and Plane Wave Study

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    Evarestov, Robert A.; Blokhin, Evgeny; Gryaznov, Denis; Kotomin, Eugene A.; Maier, Joachim

    2010-01-01

    The atomic, electronic structure and phonon frequencies have been calculated in a cubic and low-temperature tetragonal SrTiO3 phases at the ab initio level. We demonstrate that the use of hybrid exchange-correlation PBE0 functional gives the best agreement with experimental data. The results for the standard PBE and hybrid PBE0 are compared for the two types of basis sets: a linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO, CRYSTAL09 computer code) and plane waves (PW, VASP 5.2 code). Relation bet...

  1. Anisotropy in the paramagnetic phase of RAl/sub 2/ cubic intermetallic compounds (R = Tb, Dy, and Er)

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    del Moral, A.; Ibarra, M.R.; Abell, J.S.; Montenegro, J.F.D.

    1987-05-01

    In this paper it is shown that the anisotropy in the paramagnetic phase is a useful characteristic when used to single out high-rank susceptibility tensor components in the paramagnetic regime of cubic crystals. Application of this technique to RAl/sub 2/ compounds (R = Tb,Dy,Er) allows the determination of longitudinal and transverse (in the form of linear combinations) fourth- and sixth-rank paramagnetic susceptibilities. The use of the fourth-rank longitudinal susceptibility allows quadrupolar pair interactions in these compounds to be probed.

  2. First-principles comparison of the cubic and tetragonal phases of Mo 3Sb7

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    Nazir, Safdar

    2011-03-01

    Using ab initio density functional based methods, we study the normal metal state properties of the ∼3 K Mo3Sb7 superconductor, in its high temperature cubic and low temperature tetragonal structures. Although the density of states at the Fermi energy is reasonably high in both structures, our calculations unequivocally show that there exists no long range magnetic ordering in this system. We also address the optical properties of the compound. The magnetism in Mo3Sb7 is studied by fixed spin moment calculations, which yield a shallow non-magnetic minimum, thus inferring propensity to a magnetic instability. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Activation Energy of the Low-pH-Induced Lamellar to Bicontinuous Cubic Phase Transition in Dioleoylphosphatidylserine/Monoolein.

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    Oka, Toshihiko; Saiki, Takahiro; Alam, Jahangir Md; Yamazaki, Masahito

    2016-02-09

    Electrostatic interaction is an important factor for phase transitions between lamellar liquid-crystalline (Lα) and inverse bicontinuous cubic (QII) phases. We investigated the effect of temperature on the low-pH-induced Lα to double-diamond cubic (QII(D)) phase transition in dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS)/monoolein (MO) using time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering with a stopped-flow apparatus. Under all conditions of temperature and pH, the Lα phase was directly transformed into an intermediate inverse hexagonal (HII) phase, and subsequently the HII phase slowly converted to the QII(D) phase. We obtained the rate constants of the initial step (i.e., the Lα to HII phase transition) and of the second step (i.e., the HII to QII(D) phase transition) using the non-negative matrix factorization method. The rate constant of the initial step increased with temperature. By analyzing this result, we obtained the values of its apparent activation energy, Ea (Lα → HII), which did not change with temperature but increased with an increase in pH. In contrast, the rate constant of the second step decreased with temperature at pH 2.6, although it increased with temperature at pH 2.7 and 2.8. These results indicate that the value of Ea (HII → QII(D)) at pH 2.6 increased with temperature, but the values of Ea (HII → QII(D)) at pH 2.7 and 2.8 were constant with temperature. The values of Ea (HII → QII(D)) were smaller than those of Ea (Lα → HII) at the same pH. We analyzed these results using a modified quantitative theory on the activation energy of phase transitions of lipid membranes proposed initially by Squires et al. (Squires, A. M.; Conn, C. E.; Seddon, J. M.; Templer, R. H. Soft Matter 2009, 5, 4773). On the basis of these results, we discuss the mechanism of this phase transition.

  4. Starch and chitosan oligosaccharides as interpenetrating phases in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) injectable gels

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    Vieira, Jacquelin N.; Posada, James J. [Chemistry Department, B" 5IDA Research Group, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Rezende, Rodrigo A. [Divisão de Tecnologias Tridimensionais–Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Sabino, Marcos A., E-mail: msabino@usb.ve [Chemistry Department, B" 5IDA Research Group, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Divisão de Tecnologias Tridimensionais–Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2014-04-01

    Thermosensitive interpenetrating gels were prepared by physically blending poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPA) as the matrix and the following polysaccharides as interpenetrating phases: chitosan oligosaccharides (identified as QNAD and QNED) and soluble starch (STARCH). The molecular weight of the dispersed phase, the free water/bound water ratio and the thermosensitivity (transition temperature: LCST) of the gels were determined. It was found that these gels are pseudoplastic and that their viscosity depends on the molecular weight of the dispersed phase. LCST transition occurred around 35–37 °C. The morphology of the porosity of the freeze-dried samples was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). An in vitro test of cell hemolysis on blood agar showed that these gels are noncytotoxic. According to the results obtained, these interpenetrating gels show characteristics of an injectable material, and have a transition LCST at body temperature, which reinforces their potential to be used in the surgical field and as scaffolds for tissue engineering. - Highlights: • Physical blends were prepared to obtain thermosensitive gels PNIPA/polysaccharides. • Rheological test allowed verifying the injectability of the gels. • Gels showed a LCST ∼ 37 °C, which makes them interesting for biomedical applications. • Porosity is a function of hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity/molecular weight of phases. • The PNIPA/starch gel showed better morphology as scaffold for tissue engineering.

  5. Multiplicity factor and diffraction geometry factor for single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and measurement of phase content in cubic GaN/GaAs(001) epilayers

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    2001-01-01

    On the basis of integrated intensity of rocking curves, the multiplicity factor and the diffraction geometry factor for single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis were proposed and a general formula for calculating the content of mixed phases was obtained. With a multifunction four-circle X-ray double-crystal diffractometer, pole figures of cubic (002), {111} and hexagonal {1010} and reciprocal space mapping were measured to investigate the distributive character of mixed phases and to obtain their multiplicity factors and diffraction geometry factors. The contents of cubic twins and hexagonal inclusions were calculated by the integrated intensities of rocking curves of cubic (002), cubic twin {111}, hexagonal {1010} and {1011}.

  6. Field assisted sintering of dense Al-substituted cubic phase Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolytes

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    Zhang, Yanhua; Chen, Fei; Tu, Rong; Shen, Qiang; Zhang, Lianmeng

    2014-12-01

    High performance lithium ion conducting Li7La3Zr2O12 solid electrolytes are prepared for the first time by field assisted sintering technology (FAST). The effect of sintering temperature on the phase compositions, microstructure and Li ionic conductivity is systematically investigated. The results show that pure cubic phase LLZO can be obtained at a range of temperatures from 1100 to 1180 °C for no more than 10 min. For the sample sintered at 1150 °C, a maximum relative density of 99.8% with a total ionic conductivity as high as 5.7 × 10-4 S cm-1 are obtained at room temperature. This value is the highest among the present research. Compared with the traditional preparation methods, the current FAST is very promising to obtain high performance LLZO for its advantages of very short sintering time, a single preparation step of reaction-densification processing, and relatively lower sintering temperature.

  7. Absence of re-entrant phase transition of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on the simple cubic lattice: Monte Carlo study of the hard-sphere lattice gas

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    Yamagata, Atsushi

    1994-01-01

    We perform the Monte Carlo simulations of the hard-sphere lattice gas on the simple cubic lattice with nearest neighbour exclusion. The critical activity is estimated, $z_{\\rm c} = 1.0588 \\pm 0.0003$. Using a relation between the hard-sphere lattice gas and the antiferromagnetic Ising model in an external magnetic field, we conclude that there is no re-entrant phase transition of the latter on the simple cubic lattice.

  8. Heavy-atom derivatives in lipidic cubic phases: results on hen egg-white lysozyme tetragonal derivative crystals with Gd-HPDO3A complex.

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    Girard, Eric; Pebay-Peyroula, Eva; Vicat, Jean; Kahn, Richard

    2004-08-01

    Gd-HPDO3A, a neutral gadolinium complex, is a good candidate for obtaining heavy-atom-derivative crystals by the lipidic cubic phase crystallization method known to be effective for membrane proteins. Gadolinium-derivative crystals of hen egg-white lysozyme were obtained by co-crystallizing the protein with 100 mM Gd-HPDO3A in a monoolein cubic phase. Diffraction data were collected to a resolution of 1.7 A using Cu Kalpha radiation from a rotating-anode generator. Two binding sites of the gadolinium complex were located from the strong gadolinium anomalous signal. The Gd-atom positions and their refined occupancies were found to be identical to those found in derivative crystals of hen egg-white lysozyme obtained by co-crystallizing the protein with 100 mM Gd-HPDO3A using the hanging-drop technique. Moreover, the refined structures are isomorphous. The lipidic cubic phase is not disturbed by the high concentration of Gd-HPDO3A. This experiment demonstrates that a gadolinium complex, Gd-HPDO3A, can be used to obtain derivative crystals by the lipidic cubic phase crystallization method. Further studies with membrane proteins that are known to crystallize in lipidic cubic phases will be undertaken with Gd-HPDO3A and other Gd complexes to test whether derivative crystals with high Gd-site occupancies can be obtained.

  9. Self-Assembled Lipid Cubic Phase and Cubosomes for the Delivery of Aspirin as a Model Drug.

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    Kulkarni, Chandrashekhar V; Vishwapathi, Vinod Kumar; Quarshie, Abraham; Moinuddin, Zeinab; Page, James; Kendrekar, Pravin; Mashele, Samson S

    2017-09-05

    Three-dimensionally organized lipid cubic self-assemblies and derived oil-in-water emulsions called "cubosomes" are attractive for various biotechnological applications due to their ability to be loaded with functional molecules and their associated sustained release properties. Here, we employed both of these lipid-based systems for the delivery of a model drug, aspirin, under comparable conditions. Studies were performed by varying drug-to-lipid ratio and the type of release medium, water and phosphate buffer saline (PBS). Release rates were determined using UV-vis spectroscopy, and small-angle X-ray scattering was used to confirm the type of self-assembled nanostructures formed in these lipid systems. The release from the bulk lipid cubic phase was sustained as compared to that of dispersed cubosomes, and the release in PBS was more efficient than in water. The tortuosity of the architecture, length of the diffusion pathway, type of nanostructure, and physicochemical interaction with the release media evidently contribute to these observations. This work is particularly important as it is the first report where both of these nanostructured lipid systems have been studied together under similar conditions. This work provides important insights into understanding and therefore controlling the release behavior of lipid-based drug nanocarriers.

  10. Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves phase intermetallic compound TmFe/sub 2/

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    Bleaney, B.; Bowden, G.J.; Cadogan, J.M. (New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Physics); Day, R.K.; Dunlop, J.B. (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Lindfield (Australia). Div. of Applied Physics)

    1982-04-01

    The results of a /sup 169/Tm and /sup 57/Fe Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves compound TmFe/sub 2/ over the temperature range 1.3-550 K are presented and discussed. The new results are used, in conjunction with existing NMR, Moessbauer and magnetic anisotropy data for TmFe/sub 2/ and Tm metal, to deduce a value of Psub(4f) 536 +- 14 MHz for the saturation value of the first excited state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Estimates are also given for the exchange field ..mu..sub(B)Bsub(ex)(T = O K)/ksub(B) = 153 +- 3 K acting on the Tm/sup 3 +/ ion in TmFe/sub 2/, the quadrupole moment of the I = 3/2 state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b, and the lattice contribution to the nuclear quadrupole interaction in Tm metal, Psub(c) = -54.8 +- 5 MHz (for Q = -1.20 +- 0.07 b) and Psub(c) = -61 +- 8 MHz (for Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b). In addition estimates are given for the various transferred and parent hyperfine fields in TmFe.

  11. Asymmetric induced cubic nonlinearities in homogeneous and quasi-phase-matched quadratic materials: signature and importance

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    Bang, Ole; Corney, Joel Frederick

    2001-01-01

    In continuous-wave operation asymmetric induced nonlinearities induce an intensity-dependent phase mismatch that implies a nonzero so-called separatrix intensity, the crossing of which changes the one-period phase shift of the fundamental by Pi , with obvious use in switching applications.We deri...

  12. Accurate Modeling of the Cubic and Antiferrodistortive Phases of SrTiO3 with Screened Hybrid Density Functional Theory

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    El-Mellouhi, Fadwa; Lucero, Melissa J; Scuseria, Gustavo E

    2011-01-01

    We have calculated the properties of SrTiO3 (STO) using a wide array of density functionals ranging from standard semi-local functionals to modern range-separated hybrids, combined with several basis sets of varying size/quality. We show how these combination's predictive ability varies signi?cantly, both for STO's cubic and antiferrodistortive (AFD) phases, with the greatest variation in functional/basis set e?cacy seen in modeling the AFD phase. The screened hybrid functionals we utilized predict the structural properties of both phases in very good agreement with experiment, especially if used with large (but still computationally tractable) basis sets. The most accurate results presented in this study, namely those from HSE06/modi?ed-def2-TZVP, stand as the most accurate modeling of STO to date when compared to the literature; these results agree well with experimental structural and electronic properties as well as providing insight into the band structure alteration during the phase transition.

  13. New nanocrystalline materials: a previously unknown simple cubic phase in the SnS binary system.

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    Rabkin, Alexander; Samuha, Shmuel; Abutbul, Ran E; Ezersky, Vladimir; Meshi, Louisa; Golan, Yuval

    2015-03-11

    We report a new phase in the binary SnS system, obtained as highly symmetric nanotetrahedra. Due to the nanoscale size and minute amounts of these particles in the synthesis yield, the structure was exclusively solved using electron diffraction methods. The atomic model of the new phase (a = 11.7 Å, P2(1)3) was deduced and found to be associated with the rocksalt-type structure. Kramers-Kronig analysis predicted different optical and electronic properties for the new phase, as compared to α-SnS.

  14. Patterning of Nanocrystalline Cellulose Gel Phase by Electrodissolution of a Metallic Electrode

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    Daignan, Jean-Michel; Chen, Ran; Mahmoud, Khaled A.; Ma, Yuan; Hill, Ian G.; Kreplak, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    At high concentration or in the presence of electrolytes and organic solvents, solutions of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form gels exhibiting optical properties similar to the ones of liquid crystal phases. In an attempt to pattern such a gel phase, we have studied the electrodissolution of a metallic electrode in a water suspension of carboxylated CNCs (cCNCs). Depending on the metal used, the electrodissolution process was observed at a different positive potential. In the case of copper the minimum potential at which we could observe optically the growth of the gel phase was 200 mV. The growth rate was current limited indicating that the process was controlled by the electrodissolution of the copper electrode. This hypothesis was confirmed by using circular and square copper patterns as positive electrodes. In both cases, the consumption of the electrode material was observed optically and correlated with the growth of the gel phase. PMID:24897116

  15. Structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic intermetallic YAuX (X = Ge and Si) in hexagonal and cubic phases

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    A Lekhal; F Z Benkhelifa; S Méçabih; B Abbar; B Bouhafs

    2016-02-01

    The structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic intermetallic YAuX (X = Ge and Si) crystallized in hexagonal phase have been investigated using the full potential linearized augmented-plane wave (FPLAPW) method based on the density functional theory (DFT), within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The calculated lattice parameters were in good agreement with experiment. Also, the structural and electronic properties of the non-magnetic half-Heusler YAuPb compound including the artificial YAuX (X = Ge and Si) calculated in cubic phase were determined. It was found that the half-Heusler YAuPb compound presented metallic character. The results showed that YAuGe in cubic phase is a semiconductor whereas the cubic YAuSi is an isolator.

  16. Understanding the Cubic Phase Stabilization and Crystallization Kinetics in Mixed Cations and Halides Perovskite Single Crystals.

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    Xie, Li-Qiang; Chen, Liang; Nan, Zi-Ang; Lin, Hai-Xin; Wang, Tan; Zhan, Dong-Ping; Yan, Jia-Wei; Mao, Bing-Wei; Tian, Zhong-Qun

    2017-03-08

    The spontaneous α-to-δ phase transition of the formamidinium-based (FA) lead halide perovskite hinders its large scale application in solar cells. Though this phase transition can be inhibited by alloying with methylammonium-based (MA) perovskite, the underlying mechanism is largely unexplored. In this Communication, we grow high-quality mixed cations and halides perovskite single crystals (FAPbI3)1-x(MAPbBr3)x to understand the principles for maintaining pure perovskite phase, which is essential to device optimization. We demonstrate that the best composition for a perfect α-phase perovskite without segregation is x = 0.1-0.15, and such a mixed perovskite exhibits carrier lifetime as long as 11.0 μs, which is over 20 times of that of FAPbI3 single crystal. Powder XRD, single crystal XRD and FT-IR results reveal that the incorporation of MA(+) is critical for tuning the effective Goldschmidt tolerance factor toward the ideal value of 1 and lowering the Gibbs free energy via unit cell contraction and cation disorder. Moreover, we find that Br incorporation can effectively control the perovskite crystallization kinetics and reduce defect density to acquire high-quality single crystals with significant inhibition of δ-phase. These findings benefit the understanding of α-phase stabilization behavior, and have led to fabrication of perovskite solar cells with highest efficiency of 19.9% via solvent management.

  17. Cubic phase-forming dry powders for controlled drug delivery on mucosal surfaces.

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    Moebus, K; Siepmann, J; Bodmeier, R

    2012-01-30

    The purpose of this study was to prepare and physicochemically characterize protein-loaded, glycerol monooleate (GMO)-based dry powder systems, which can be used for the controlled mucosal delivery of macromolecules (e.g., nasal, buccal, pulmonary). Bovine serum albumin (BSA)-loaded powders were prepared by spray-drying, freeze-drying and/or spray-freezing using different types of carrier materials, including mannitol, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP 25) and polyethylene glycols (PEGs). The systems were characterized by optical and polarized light microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, gel electrophoresis and diffusion studies. The type of carrier material strongly affected the resulting particle size and shape. The presence of GMO effectively slowed down BSA release. Importantly, broad ranges of release patterns could be achieved by varying the type of preparation method and composition of the dry powders. In all cases, the primary structure of the BSA remained intact. GMO, which is a wax solid at room temperature, has been successfully converted into dry powder formulations that offer potential for the controlled mucosal delivery of proteins. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. A comprehensive review of the lipid cubic phase or in meso method for crystallizing membrane and soluble proteins and complexes

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    Caffrey, Martin, E-mail: martin.caffrey@tcd.ie [Trinity College Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    2015-01-01

    A comprehensive and up-to-date review of the lipid cubic phase or in meso method for crystallizing membrane and soluble proteins and complexes is reported. Recent applications of the method for in situ serial crystallography at X-ray free-electron lasers and synchrotrons are described. The lipid cubic phase or in meso method is a robust approach for crystallizing membrane proteins for structure determination. The uptake of the method is such that it is experiencing what can only be described as explosive growth. This timely, comprehensive and up-to-date review introduces the reader to the practice of in meso crystallogenesis, to the associated challenges and to their solutions. A model of how crystallization comes about mechanistically is presented for a more rational approach to crystallization. The possible involvement of the lamellar and inverted hexagonal phases in crystallogenesis and the application of the method to water-soluble, monotopic and lipid-anchored proteins are addressed. How to set up trials manually and automatically with a robot is introduced with reference to open-access online videos that provide a practical guide to all aspects of the method. These range from protein reconstitution to crystal harvesting from the hosting mesophase, which is noted for its viscosity and stickiness. The sponge phase, as an alternative medium in which to perform crystallization, is described. The compatibility of the method with additive lipids, detergents, precipitant-screen components and materials carried along with the protein such as denaturants and reducing agents is considered. The powerful host and additive lipid-screening strategies are described along with how samples that have low protein concentration and cell-free expressed protein can be used. Assaying the protein reconstituted in the bilayer of the cubic phase for function is an important element of quality control and is detailed. Host lipid design for crystallization at low temperatures and for

  19. Glycerol effects on the formation and rheology of hexagonal phase and related gel emulsion.

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    Alam, Mohammad Mydul; Aramaki, Kenji

    2009-08-15

    We have investigated the effects of glycerol on the formation and rheology of hexagonal phase (H(1)) and related O/H(1) gel emulsion in the water/C(12)EO(8)/dodecane system at 25 degrees C. It has been found that the aqueous solution of C(12)EO(8) forms H(1) phase, which could solubilize some amounts of dodecane. Beyond the solubilization limit, oil is separated and a two-phase region or H(1)+O phase appeared. Due to high viscosity of the H(1) phase, allows forming O/H(1) gel emulsion at the H(1)+O region. Rheological measurements (without glycerol) have shown that the rheogram of the H(1) phase does not change drastically with the addition of oil but the system is shifted to longer relaxation time. Simultaneously, the values of the absolute value(eta(*)) are found to increase with the addition of oil, which has been described with the neighboring micellar interaction. The rheogram of the O/H(1) gel emulsion shows gel type nature (G'>G'') but the viscosity monotonically decreases with increasing oil content, which could be due to the lower volume fraction of the continuous phase (H(1) phase). Addition of glycerol has brought an order-order transition or the microstructural transition from H(1)-lamellar (L(alpha)) phase, which is manifested from rheology and SAXS measurements. Viscosity of the O/H(1) gel emulsion also decreases with increasing glycerol content. Digital images show the physical appearance of the gel emulsion changes from turbid to transparent, which is depended on the glycerol concentration (since glycerol matches the refractive index of the H(1) phase and dodecane). Structural parameters of the H(1) phase have been evaluated with the help of Bohlin's model and found that the coordination number of the H(1) phase depends not only the oil and glycerol concentrations but also temperature.

  20. Magnetic phase transformations of face-centered cubic and hexagonal close-packed Co at zero Kelvin.

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    Saal, James E; Shang, ShunLi; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2010-03-10

    The 0 K pressure-induced magnetic phase transformations of face-centered cubic (FCC) and hexagonal close packed (HCP) Co have been examined using first-principles calculations. Issues of fitting an equation of state to the first-principles energy versus volume data points containing a magnetic transformation and comparing to experimental phase equilibria are discussed. It is found that a fitting scheme employing only data where the magnetic moment decreases linearly with volume offers a physically meaningful behavior for the equation of state at metastable volumes. From this fitting, the ferromagnetic to nonmagnetic transformations with increasing pressure at 0 K are at 77 GPa and 123 GPa for FCC and HCP, respectively, and are first order and second order, respectively, on the basis of an unambiguous measure proposed in the paper. In addition to the HCP/FCC structure transformation at 99 GPa, another transformation at negative pressures is predicted, at - 31 GPa. These results are shown to be consistent with the extrapolations of the experimental pressure-temperature phase diagram to 0 K.

  1. Magnetic phase transformations of face-centered cubic and hexagonal close-packed Co at zero Kelvin

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    Saal, James E; Shang Shunli; Wang Yi; Liu Zikui, E-mail: jes531@psu.ed [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2010-03-10

    The 0 K pressure-induced magnetic phase transformations of face-centered cubic (FCC) and hexagonal close packed (HCP) Co have been examined using first-principles calculations. Issues of fitting an equation of state to the first-principles energy versus volume data points containing a magnetic transformation and comparing to experimental phase equilibria are discussed. It is found that a fitting scheme employing only data where the magnetic moment decreases linearly with volume offers a physically meaningful behavior for the equation of state at metastable volumes. From this fitting, the ferromagnetic to nonmagnetic transformations with increasing pressure at 0 K are at 77 GPa and 123 GPa for FCC and HCP, respectively, and are first order and second order, respectively, on the basis of an unambiguous measure proposed in the paper. In addition to the HCP/FCC structure transformation at 99 GPa, another transformation at negative pressures is predicted, at - 31 GPa. These results are shown to be consistent with the extrapolations of the experimental pressure-temperature phase diagram to 0 K.

  2. Sol-gel microextraction phases for sample preconcentration in chromatographic analysis.

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    Segro, Scott S; Tran, Minh Phuong; Kesani, Sheshanka; Alhendal, Abdullah; Turner, Erica B

    2010-10-01

    Sol-gel technology provides a simple and reliable method for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber preparation through in situ creation of surface-bonded organic-inorganic hybrid coatings characterized by enhanced thermal stability and solvent-resistance properties that are important for the coupling of SPME with GC and HPLC, respectively. The sol-gel coating technology has led to the development of an extensive array of sol-gel sorbent coatings for SPME. In this article, sol-gel microextraction coatings are reviewed, with particular attention on their synthesis, characterization, and applications in conjunction with GC and HPLC analyses. In addition, the development of sol-gel-coated stir bars, their inherent advantages, and applications are discussed. Next, the development and applications of sol-gel capillary microextraction (CME) in hyphenation with GC and HPLC is extensively reviewed. The newly emerging germania- and titania-based sol-gel microextraction phases look promising, especially in terms of pH and hot solvent stability. Finally, sol-gel monolithic beds for CME are reviewed. Such monolithic beds are in a position to greatly improve the extracting capabilities and enhanced sensitivity in CME.

  3. Yield and flow-induced phase transition in colloidal gels under startup shear

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    Johnson, Lilian; Landrum, Benjamin; Zia, Roseanna

    2016-11-01

    We study the micro-mechanical origins of the transition from solid-like to liquid-like behavior during flow startup of colloidal gels via large-scale dynamic simulation, with a view toward understanding connections to energy storage and phase transition. Such materials often exhibit an overshoot in stress, and prior studies of strong, dilute colloidal gels with a stringy microstructure connect this "yield" event to loss of network connectivity. Owing to the importance of Brownian transport in phase separation processes in colloids, here we study a reversible colloidal gel of hard spheres that interact via a short-range attraction of several kT, for which Brownian motion can lead to rapid quiescent coarsening. In the present study, we interrogate the shear stress for a range of imposed flow strengths, monitoring particle-level structure and dynamics, to determine the microscopic picture of gel yield. Our detailed studies of the microstructural evolution and macroscopic response during startup provide insight into the phase behavior during yield. We present a new model of stress development, phase transition, and structural evolution during transient yield in colloidal gels for which ongoing phase separation informs gel phenomenology.

  4. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of the structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} in hexagonal and cubic phases

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    Arghavani Nia, Borhan, E-mail: b.arghavani@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sedighi, Matin [Department of Physics, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahrokhi, Masoud [Young Researchers and Elite Club, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moradian, Rostam [Nano-Science and Nano-Technology Research Center, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Computational Physics Science Research Laboratory, Department of Nano-Science, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM), P.O. Box 19395-1795, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-11-15

    A density functional theory study of structural, electronical and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} compound in hexagonal and cubic phases is presented. In the exchange–correlation potential, generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) has been used to calculate lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, dielectric function and energy loss spectra. The electronic band structure of this compound has been calculated using the above two approximations as well as another form of PBE-GGA, proposed by Engle and Vosko (EV-GGA). It is found that the hexagonal phase of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} has an indirect gap in the Γ→N direction; while in the cubic phase there is a direct-gap at the Γ point in the PBE-GGA and EV-GGA. Effects of applying pressure on the band structure of the system studied and optical properties of these systems were calculated. - Graphical abstract: A density functional theory study of structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} compound in hexagonal and cubic phases is presented. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Physical properties of Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} in hexagonal and cubic phases are investigated. • It is found that the hexagonal phase is an indirect gap semiconductor. • Ca{sub 3}Sb{sub 2} is a direct-gap semiconductor at the Γ point in the cubic phase. • By increasing pressure the semiconducting band gap and anti-symmetry gap are decreased.

  5. Phase equilibria of binary mixtures by molecular simulation and cubic equations of state

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    Cabral V.F.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular simulation data were used to study the performance of equations of state (EoS and combining rules usually employed in thermodynamic property calculations. The Monte Carlo method and the Gibbs ensemble technique were used for determining composition and densities of vapor and liquid phases in equilibrium for binary mixtures of Lennard-Jones fluids. Simulation results are compared to data in the literature and to those calculated by the t-PR-LJ EoS. The use of adequate combining rules has been shown to be very important for the satisfactory representation of molecular simulation data.

  6. Collective dynamics and self-diffusion in a diblock copolymer melt in the body-centered cubic phase.

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    Papadakis, C M; Rittig, F; Almdal, K; Mortensen, K; Stĕpánek, P

    2004-12-01

    The structure and dynamics of a strongly asymmetric poly(ethylene propylene)-poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS) diblock copolymer in the melt have been studied over a wide temperature range. Small-angle neutron scattering reveals that the sample exhibits two stable phases in this temperature range: Above the order-to-disorder transition temperature, it is disordered, whereas the domain structure is body-centered cubic (bcc) below, being stable down to the lowest temperatures measured. In the disordered state, dynamic light scattering (DLS) in the polarized geometry reveals the heterogeneity mode and the cluster mode. In the bcc phase, the PEP and the PDMS blocks form the micellar cores and the matrix, respectively. Here, two modes are observed in DLS, and the diffusion coefficients measured using pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR are broadly distributed with the most probable diffusion coefficient coinciding with the slow DLS mode. We attribute the fast process in the bcc state to concentration fluctuations of the micellar cores (PEP), relaxing by mutual diffusion of the micelles with copolymers dissolved in the PDMS matrix. The slower process in the bcc state is ascribed to activated long-range self-diffusion of single copolymers from micelle to micelle through the PDMS matrix. This assignment is corroborated by the good coincidence of the reduced diffusivities with the ones from the literature. However, this mode may also be assigned to the rearrangement of entire micelles.

  7. High-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of tetragonal and cubic perovskite-type PbTiO3 phases.

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    Yoshiasa, Akira; Nakatani, Tomotaka; Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Okube, Maki; Sugiyama, Kazumasa; Mashimo, Tsutomu

    2016-06-01

    A high-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of a synthetic PbTiO3 perovskite was carried out over the wide temperature range 298-928 K. A transition from a tetragonal (P4mm) to a cubic (Pm \\bar 3 m) phase has been revealed near 753 K. In the non-centrosymmetric P4mm symmetry group, the difference in relative displacement between Pb and O along the c-axis is much larger than that between Ti and O. The Pb and Ti cations contribute sufficiently to polarization being shifted in the opposite direction compared with the shift of O atoms. Deviation from the linear changes in Debye-Waller factors and bonding distances in the tetragonal phases can be interpreted as a precursor phenomenon before the phase transition. Disturbance of the temperature factor Ueq for O is observed in the vicinity of the transition point, while Ueq values for Pb and Ti are continuously changing with increasing temperature. The O site includes the clear configurational disorder in the cubic phase. The polar local positional distortions remain in the cubic phase and are regarded as the cause of the paraelectricity. Estimated values of the Debye temperature ΘD for Pb and Ti are 154 and 467 K in the tetragonal phase and decrease 22% in the high-temperature phase. Effective potentials for Pb and Ti change significantly and become soft after the phase transition.

  8. Cubic-to-monoclinic phase transition during the epitaxial growth of crystalline Gd2O3 films on Ge(001) substrates

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    Molle, Alessandro; Wiemer, Claudia; Bhuiyan, Md. Nurul Kabir; Tallarida, Grazia; Fanciulli, Marco; Pavia, Giuseppe

    2007-05-01

    Thin crystalline films of Gd2O3 are grown on an atomically flat Ge(001) surface by molecular beam epitaxy and are characterized in situ by reflection high energy electron diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and ex situ by x-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy. The first stage of the growth corresponds to a cubic (110) structure, with two equiprobable, 90° rotated, in-plane domains. Increasing the thickness of the films, a phase transition from cubic (110) to monoclinic (100) oriented crystallites is observed which keeps the in-plane domain rotation, as evidenced by XRD and AFM.

  9. First-principles study of the electronic structure of PbF{sub 2} in the cubic, orthorhombic, and hexagonal phases

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    Jiang Huitian [Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 (United States); Orlando, Roberto [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Avanzate, Universita del Piemonte Orientale, C. so Borsalino 54, I-15100 Alessandria (Italy); Blanco, Miguel A [Departamento de QuImica Fisica y Analitica, Universidad de Oviedo, 33006-Oviedo (Spain); Pandey, Ravindra [Department of Physics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 (United States)

    2004-05-12

    The results of electronic structure calculations for PbF{sub 2} in ambient and high-pressure phases are reported here. We employ the linear combination of atomic orbital-density functional theory approximation using the CRYSTAL program package whose capabilities were expanded to include the so-called soft-core pseudopotentials with higher-order components (e.g. d, f, and g) of the angular momentum terms for heavier atoms in the periodic table. The band structure and density of states of the cubic, orthorhombic, and hexagonal phases were calculated. A direct band gap at X is predicted for the cubic phase, whereas an indirect band gap is predicted for the high-pressure phases. The density of states reveals hybridization features involving Pb s and F p orbitals in the upper valence band of PbF{sub 2}.

  10. Phase stability, elastic anisotropy and electronic structure of cubic MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases from first-principles calculations

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    Kong, Yuanyuan; Duan, Yonghua; Ma, Lishi; Li, Runyue

    2016-10-01

    By performing first-principles calculations within the generalized gradient approximation, the phase stability, elastic constant and anisotropy, and density of states of cubic C15-type MAl2 (M = Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) Laves phases have been investigated. Optimized equilibrium lattice parameters and formation enthalpies agree well with the available experimental data. Elastic constants C ij have been evaluated, and these C15-type MAl2 Laves phases are mechanically stable due to the meeting of C ij to the mechanical stability criteria. Polycrystalline elastic moduli have been deduced from elastic constants by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Plastic properties were characterized via values of B/G, Poisson’s ratio ν and Cauchy pressure (C 12-C 44). The elastic anisotropy has been considered by several anisotropy indexes (A U , A Z , A shear and A comp), anisotropy of shear modulus, and 3D surface constructions of bulk and Young’s moduli. Additionally, the sound velocity anisotropy and Debye temperature were predicted. Finally, electronic structures were carried out to reveal the underlying phase stability mechanism of these Laves phases.

  11. Phase equilibria in DOPC/DPPC: Conversion from gel to subgel in two component mixtures.

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    Schmidt, Miranda L; Ziani, Latifa; Boudreau, Michelle; Davis, James H

    2009-11-07

    Biological membranes contain a mixture of phospholipids with varying degrees of hydrocarbon chain unsaturation. Mixtures of long chain saturated and unsaturated lipids with cholesterol have attracted a lot of attention because of the formation of two coexisting fluid bilayer phases in such systems over a broad range of temperature and composition. Interpretation of the phase behavior of such ternary mixtures must be based on a thorough understanding of the phase behavior of the binary mixtures formed with the same components. This article describes the phase behavior of mixtures of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) with 1,2-di-d(31)-palmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) between -20 and 50 degrees C. Particular attention has been paid to the phase coexistence below about 16 degrees C where the subgel phase appears. The changes in the shape of the spectrum (and its spectral moments) during the slow transformation process leads to the conclusion that below 16 degrees C the gel phase is metastable and the gel component of the two-phase mixture slowly transforms to the subgel phase with a slightly different composition. This results in a line of three-phase coexistence near 16 degrees C. Analysis of the transformation of the metastable gel domains into the subgel phase using the nucleation and growth model shows that the subgel domain growth is a two dimensional process.

  12. Phase behavior of Phytantriol/water bicontinuous cubic Pn3m cubosomes stabilized by Laponite disc-like particles.

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    Muller, François; Salonen, Anniina; Glatter, Otto

    2010-02-15

    The present article reports on the specific effects of temperature on Phytantriol-based cubosomes stabilized by inorganic stabilizers as opposed to organic stabilizers. The ability of Laponite to stabilize Phytantriol-based parent bulk phase is first demonstrated. The sub-micron-sized Laponite-stabilized particles were found to be both physically and chemically stable over time. The temperature-induced behavior, both in heating and cooling directions, of these lipid-based cubosomes has been investigated and compared with their polymer-stabilized counterparts (Pluronic F127). This allows us to extract the particular influence of each stabilizer. Whereas an increased hydration of the cubic structure was evidenced at high pH values, this effect was eliminated to compare the specific influence of both stabilizers on these Phytantriol-based cubosomes. Evidence of differences in the relaxation rates of the internal structures with temperature was found for the two stabilizers, in particular in the cooling direction whilst in the heating direction the two stabilizers could be considered as undisruptive. The origin of this difference is discussed.

  13. The Use of Biofiltration Technology and 3-dimensional Cubical Bamboo Shelter for Nursery Phase Productivity Improvement of Giant Freshwater Prawn

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    Gede Suantika

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This experiment aimed to know the effect of nitrifying bacteria and Chlorellasp. addition and different number of 3-dimensional cubical bamboo shelter in enhancing growth performance of Giant Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii de Man during nursery phase in indoor system. During28 days of culture, treatment II (4 shelters addition~40% culture volume occupation resulted in better prawn growth and culture performance compared to control (no shelter addition (p<0,05. At the end of experiment, treatment II shown the highest biomass, SGR, mean body weight and length of the prawn with (1.96+0.05 g.cage-1, 8.24%BW.day-1, (2.18 +0,89 g and (6.50 +0.91 cm, respectively. However, the results were not significantly different compared to treatment I (2 shelters addition~20%culture volume occupation. Survival rate the two treatments (treatment I="90"%, and treatment II="92"% was significantly higher compared to control (78%. During the experiments, increase of ammonium concentration and nitrate can be controlled and maintained by addition of nitrifying bacteria and microalgae which can keep the microbial loop between ammonium reduction by bacteria and nitrate uptake by microalgae in balance. Addition of nitrifying bacteria and microalgae and also availability of 40% bamboo shelter occupation in the culture can enhance prawn culture productivity.

  14. Monte Carlo simulation of dynamic phase transitions and frequency dispersions of hysteresis curves in core/shell ferrimagnetic cubic nanoparticle

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    Vatansever, Erol, E-mail: erol.vatansever@deu.edu.tr

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    By means of Monte Carlo simulation method with Metropolis algorithm, we elucidate the thermal and magnetic phase transition behaviors of a ferrimagnetic core/shell nanocubic system driven by a time dependent magnetic field. The particle core is composed of ferromagnetic spins, and it is surrounded by an antiferromagnetic shell. At the interface of the core/shell particle, we use antiferromagnetic spin–spin coupling. We simulate the nanoparticle using classical Heisenberg spins. After a detailed analysis, our Monte Carlo simulation results suggest that present system exhibits unusual and interesting magnetic behaviors. For example, at the relatively lower temperature regions, an increment in the amplitude of the external field destroys the antiferromagnetism in the shell part of the nanoparticle, leading to a ground state with ferromagnetic character. Moreover, particular attention has been dedicated to the hysteresis behaviors of the system. For the first time, we show that frequency dispersions can be categorized into three groups for a fixed temperature for finite core/shell systems, as in the case of the conventional bulk systems under the influence of an oscillating magnetic field. - Highlights: • Cubic core/shell nanoparticle is considered. • Monte-Carlo simulation with Metropolis algorithm is used. • The particle is subjected to time dependent oscillating magnetic field. • External field destroys the antiferromagnetism in the shell part of particle. • Frequency dispersions of hysteresis loop areas can be categorized into three groups.

  15. KBi(2-x)Pbx (0 phase evolving from a distortion of the cubic Laves-phase structure.

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    Ponou, Siméon; Müller, Noémi; Fässler, Thomas F; Häussermann, Ulrich

    2005-10-17

    The quasibinary system KBi(2-x)Pbx has been investigated, both experimentally and theoretically. Phases with compositions 0 Laves-phase structure MgCu2 (space group Fdm), which contains a rigid framework of corner-condensed symmetry-equivalent tetrahedra formed by randomly distributed Bi and Pb atoms. For compositions x > or = 0.6, these tetrahedra become alternately elongated and contracted. The distortion of the framework lowers the space-group symmetry to F43m (KBi(1.2)Pb(0.8), F43m, Z = 8, a = 9.572(1) A). Magnetometer measurements show that KBi2 (x = 0) is metallic and goes through a superconducting transition below 3.5 K. First principles calculations reveal that the Fd3m --> F43m distortion is largest for KBiPb (x = 1.0), which at the same time turns into a semiconductor. Thus, F43m KBiPb corresponds to a proper charge-balanced Zintl phase, K+[BiPb]-, with separated polyanionic tetrahedra, (Bi2Pb2)2-. However, it was not possible to prepare F43m KBiPb. Syntheses attempting to increase the Pb content in KBi(2-x)Pbx above x = 0.8 yielded additional, not yet characterized, ternary phases.

  16. Regenerated silica gel as stationary phase on vacuum column chromatography to purify temulawak’s extracts

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    Cahyono, Bambang; Maduwu, Ratna Dewi; Widayat,; Suzery, Meiny [Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Departement of Chemistry, Diponegoro University Jln Prof. Soedharto SH, Tembalang, Semarang 50275, Indonesia Tel / Fax: (024) 7460058 (Indonesia)

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    Commercial silica gel only used once by many researchers and affected high cost for purification process, also less support the green chemistry program. This research focused in regeneration silica gel that used purification of temulawak’s extracts (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb) by vacuum column chromatography. Sample extracts (contains 10.1195±0.5971% of curcuminoids) was purified by vacuum column chromatography (pressure: 45 kPa, column: 100mm on length and 16mm on diameter). Ethanol 96% and acetone were compared as eluent. The amount of solvent and yield of curcuminoids used as indicator purification. The silica gel was regenerated with heating in 600°C for 8 hours The silica gels were analyzed by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, regenerated silica gel was used as the stationary phase in vacuum column chromatography under the same conditions with the previous purification. All the purification experiments were performed in three repetitions. Based on regression equation, y=0.132x+0.0011 (r{sup 2}=0.9997) the yield of curcuminoids on purified products using ethanol as the eluent was improved 4.26% (to 14.3724±0.5749%) and by acetone was improved 3,03% (to 13.1450 ±0.6318%). The IR spectrum of both silica gel showed the same vibration profile and also there were three crystallinity peaks missing on its X-ray diffraction. Regenerated silica gel has the same performance with new silica gel in purification of temulawak’s extract: by ethanol has increased 4.08% (14.1947±0.7415%) and 2.93% (13.0447±0.4822) by acetone. In addition, all purification products showed similar TLC profiles. Purification using regenerated silica gel as the adsorbent on vacuum column chromatography has exactly same potential with the new silica gel.

  17. Regenerated silica gel as stationary phase on vacuum column chromatography to purify temulawak's extracts

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    Cahyono, Bambang; Maduwu, Ratna Dewi; Widayat, Suzery, Meiny

    2015-12-01

    Commercial silica gel only used once by many researchers and affected high cost for purification process, also less support the green chemistry program. This research focused in regeneration silica gel that used purification of temulawak's extracts (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb) by vacuum column chromatography. Sample extracts (contains 10.1195±0.5971% of curcuminoids) was purified by vacuum column chromatography (pressure: 45 kPa, column: 100mm on length and 16mm on diameter). Ethanol 96% and acetone were compared as eluent. The amount of solvent and yield of curcuminoids used as indicator purification. The silica gel was regenerated with heating in 600°C for 8 hours The silica gels were analyzed by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, regenerated silica gel was used as the stationary phase in vacuum column chromatography under the same conditions with the previous purification. All the purification experiments were performed in three repetitions. Based on regression equation, y=0.132x+0.0011 (r2=0.9997) the yield of curcuminoids on purified products using ethanol as the eluent was improved 4.26% (to 14.3724±0.5749%) and by acetone was improved 3,03% (to 13.1450 ±0.6318%). The IR spectrum of both silica gel showed the same vibration profile and also there were three crystallinity peaks missing on its X-ray diffraction. Regenerated silica gel has the same performance with new silica gel in purification of temulawak's extract: by ethanol has increased 4.08% (14.1947±0.7415%) and 2.93% (13.0447±0.4822) by acetone. In addition, all purification products showed similar TLC profiles. Purification using regenerated silica gel as the adsorbent on vacuum column chromatography has exactly same potential with the new silica gel.

  18. Formation of metastable cubic phase in Ce100-xAlx (x=45, 50) alloys and their thermal and magnetic properties

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    Idzikowski, Bogdan; Śniadecki, Zbigniew; Puźniak, Roman; Kaczorowski, Dariusz

    2017-01-01

    Ce100-xAlx (x=45 and 50) alloys were synthesized by rapid quenching technique in the form of ribbons composed of nanocrystalline phase of CeAl with the ClCs-type structure (Pm-3m space group) embedded in an amorphous matrix. The cubic CeAl phase is known as metastable with random distribution of Ce and Al atoms in the unit cell. The crystalline volume fraction is about 7.5% in Ce55Al45 and 3% in Ce50Al50. The alloy Ce55Al45 shows better thermal stability than Ce50Al50, indicated by higher effective activation energy and higher crystallization temperature. Small off-stoichiometry in Ce55Al45 results in degrading the glass forming ability and promotes formation of the cubic CeAl phase, as confirmed by magnetic measurements. In both alloys, the Ce ions are in stable trivalent state and order magnetically near 20 K. Another magnetic phase transition close to 10 K was found for Ce50Al50 and was attributed to the presence of the well-known stable orthorhombic CeAl phase. To the best of our knowledge, the magnetic behavior of the CeAl cubic phase is reported here for the first time.

  19. Multiplicity factor and diffraction geometry factor for single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and measurement of phase content in cubic GaN/GaAs(001) epilayers

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    QU; Bo

    2001-01-01

    [1] Yang, H., Zheng, L.X., Li, J.B. et al., Cubic-phase GaN light-emitting diode, Appl. Phys. Lett., 1999, 74(17): 2498.[2] Trampert, A., Brandt, O., Yang, H. et al., Direct observation of the initial nucleation and epitaxial growth of metastable cubic GaN on GaAs(001), Appl. Phys. Lett., 1997, 70(5): 583.[3] Balakrishnan, K., Feuillet, G., Ohta, K. et al., Structural analysis of cubic GaN through X-ray pole figure generation, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., 1997, 36(10, part 1): 6221.[4] Basu, S.N., Lei, T., Moustakas, T.D., Microstructures of GaN films deposited on (001) and (111) Si substrates using electron cyclotron resonance assisted-molecular beam epitaxy, J. Mater. Res., 1994, 9(9): 2370.[5] Powell, R.C., Lee, N.E., Kim, Y.W. et al., Heteroepitaxial wurtzite and zinc-blende structure GaN grown by reactive-ion molecular-beam epitaxy: growth kinetics, microstructure, and properties, J. Appl. Phys., 1993, 73(1): 189.[6] Camassel, J., Vicente, P., Planes, N. et al., Experimental investigation of cubic to hexagonal ratio for GaN layers deposited on 3C-SiC/Si, Phys. Stat. Sol. (b), 1999, 216: 253.[7] Sun, X.L., Yang, H., Zheng, L.X., Stability investigation of cubic GaN films grown by MOCVD on GaAs(100), Appl. Phys. Lett., 1999, 74(19 ): 2827.[8] Moret, M., Ruttenach-clur, S., Moreaud, N. et al., MOCVD growth of cubic gallium nitride: effect of V/III ratio, Phys. Stat. Sol. (a), 1999, 176: 493.[9] Qin, Z.X., Nagano, H., Sugure, Y. et al., High-resolution X-ray diffraction analysis of cubic GaN grown on (001)GaAs by RF-radical source molecular beam epitaxy, J. Crys. Growth, 1998, 189/190: 425.[10] Qin Zhixin, Kobayashi, M., Yoshikawa, A., X-ray diffraction reciprocal space and pole figure characterization of cubic GaN epitaxial layers grown on (001)GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy, J. Mater. Sci., 1999,109: 199.[11] Trampert, A., Brandt, O., Ploog, K. H., Phase transformations and phase stability in epitaxial

  20. Phase behavior and rheological analysis of reverse liquid crystals and W/I2 and W/H2 gel emulsions using an amphiphilic block copolymer.

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    May, Anna; Aramaki, Kenji; Gutiérrez, José María

    2011-03-15

    This article reports the phase behavior determi-nation of a system forming reverse liquid crystals and the formation of novel disperse systems in the two-phase region. The studied system is formed by water, cyclohexane, and Pluronic L-121, an amphiphilic block copolymer considered of special interest due to its aggregation and structural properties. This system forms reverse cubic (I2) and reverse hexagonal (H2) phases at high polymer concentrations. These reverse phases are of particular interest since in the two-phase region, stable high internal phase reverse emulsions can be formed. The characterization of the I2 and H2 phases and of the derived gel emulsions was performed with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and rheometry, and the influence of temperature and water content was studied. The H2 phase experimented a thermal transition to an I2 phase when temperature was increased, which presented an Fd3m structure. All samples showed a strong shear thinning behavior from low shear rates. The elastic modulus (G') in the I2 phase was around 1 order of magnitude higher than in the H2 phase. G' was predominantly higher than the viscous modulus (G''). In the gel emulsions, G' was nearly frequency-independent, indicating their gel type nature. Contrarily to water-in-oil (W/O) normal emulsions, in W/I2 and W/H2 gel emulsions, G', the complex viscosity (|η*|), and the yield stress (τ0) decreased with increasing water content, since the highly viscous microstructure of the continuous phase was responsible for the high viscosity and elastic behavior of the emulsions, instead of the volume fraction of dispersed phase and droplet size. A rheological analysis, in which the cooperative flow theory, the soft glass rheology model, and the slip plane model were analyzed and compared, was performed to obtain one single model that could describe the non-Maxwellian behavior of both reverse phases and highly concentrated emulsions and to characterize their microstructure with

  1. Phonon calculations in cubic and tetragonal phases of SrTiO3: A comparative LCAO and plane-wave study

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    Evarestov, Robert A.; Blokhin, Evgeny; Gryaznov, Denis; Kotomin, Eugene A.; Maier, Joachim

    2011-04-01

    The atomic, electronic structure and phonon frequencies have been calculated in cubic and low-temperature tetragonal SrTiO3 phases at the ab initio level. We demonstrate that the use of the hybrid exchange-correlation PBE0 functional gives the best agreement with experimental data. The results for the standard generalized gradient approximation (PBE) and hybrid PBE0 functionals are compared for the two types of approaches: a linear combination of atomic orbitals (CRYSTAL09 computer code) and plane waves (VASP5.2 code). The relation between cubic and tetragonal phases and the relevant antiferrodistortive phase transition is discussed in terms of group theory and is illustrated with analysis of calculated soft-mode frequencies at the Γ and R points in the Brillouin zone. Based on phonon calculations, the temperature dependence of the heat capacity is in good agreement with experiment.

  2. Ab initio density functional theory investigation of the structural, electronic and optical properties of Ca3Sb2 in hexagonal and cubic phases

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    Arghavani Nia, Borhan; Sedighi, Matin; Shahrokhi, Masoud; Moradian, Rostam

    2013-11-01

    A density functional theory study of structural, electronical and optical properties of Ca3Sb2 compound in hexagonal and cubic phases is presented. In the exchange-correlation potential, generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) has been used to calculate lattice parameters, bulk modulus, cohesive energy, dielectric function and energy loss spectra. The electronic band structure of this compound has been calculated using the above two approximations as well as another form of PBE-GGA, proposed by Engle and Vosko (EV-GGA). It is found that the hexagonal phase of Ca3Sb2 has an indirect gap in the Γ→N direction; while in the cubic phase there is a direct-gap at the Γ point in the PBE-GGA and EV-GGA. Effects of applying pressure on the band structure of the system studied and optical properties of these systems were calculated.

  3. Communication: Phase behavior of materials with isotropic interactions designed by inverse strategies to favor diamond and simple cubic lattice ground states.

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    Jain, Avni; Errington, Jeffrey R; Truskett, Thomas M

    2013-10-14

    We use molecular simulation to construct equilibrium phase diagrams for two recently introduced model materials with isotropic, soft-repulsive pair interactions designed to favor diamond and simple cubic lattice ground states, respectively, over a wide range of densities [Jain et al., Soft Matter 9, 3866 (2013)]. We employ free energy based Monte Carlo simulation techniques to precisely trace the inter-crystal and fluid-crystal coexistence curves. We find that both model materials display rich polymorphic phase behavior featuring stable crystals corresponding to the target ground-state structures, as well as a variety of other crystalline (e.g., hexagonal and body-centered cubic) phases and multiple reentrant melting transitions.

  4. Temperature dependence of the damping constant and the relaxation time close to the tetragonal-cubic phase transition in SrZrO3

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    Yurtseven, H.; Kiraci, A.

    2017-01-01

    The damping constant Γsp due to the pseudospin-phonon coupling is calculated as a function of temperature using the pseudospin-phonon coupled model and the energy fluctuation model close to the tetragonal-cubic transition (TC = 1443 K) in SrZrO3. Using the observed Raman frequencies and the linewidth (FWHM) of the soft modes (Eg and A1g) from the literature, predictions of both models studied, are examined for the tetragonal-cubic transition in this crystalline system. Values of the activation energy U are extracted and also the inverse relaxation time is predicted as a function of temperature close to the phase transition studied in SrZrO3. Divergence behaviour of the damping constant (FWHM) of the soft modes is predicted from both models as also observed experimentally when TC is approached from the tetragonal to the cubic phase in SrZrO3. The relaxation time also diverges close to the TC in this crystal. It is indicated that the tetragonal-cubic transition is of a second order as predicted from both models studied here, as also observed experimentally in SrZrO3.

  5. Phenomenological theory of phase transitions in epitaxial BaxSr1-xTiO3 thin films on (111)-oriented cubic substrates

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    Shirokov, V. B.; Shakhovoy, R. A.; Razumnaya, A. G.; Yuzyuk, Yu. I.

    2015-07-01

    A phenomenological thermodynamic theory of BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST-x) thin films epitaxially grown on (111)-oriented cubic substrates is developed using the Landau-Devonshire approach. The group-theoretical analysis of the low-symmetry phases was performed taking into account two order parameters: the polarization related to ionic shifts in polar zone-center F1u mode and the out-of-phase rotation of TiO6 octahedra corresponding to the R25 zone-boundary mode in the parent cubic phase P m 3 ¯ m . The eight-order thermodynamic potential for BST-x solid solutions was developed and analyzed. We constructed the "concentration-misfit strain" phase diagram for BST-x thin films at room temperature and found that polar rhombohedral R3m phase with the polarization normal to the substrate is stable for x > 0.72 and negative misfit strains, while ferroelectric monoclinic C2 and Cm phases with in-plane polarization are stable for much smaller x and positive or slightly negative misfit strains. We constructed the "temperature-misfit strain" phase diagrams for several concentrations (x = 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4, and 0.2). Systematic changes of the phase transition lines between the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases are discussed. The phase diagrams are useful for practical applications in thin-film engineering.

  6. Phase Characterization of Cucumber Growth: A Chemical Gel Model

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    Full Text Available Cucumber grows with complex phenomena by changing its volume and shape, which is not fully investigated and challenges agriculture and food safety industry. In order to understand the mechanism and to characterize the growth process, the cucumber is modeled as a hydrogel in swelling and its development is studied in both preharvest and postharvest stages. Based on thermodynamics, constitutive equations, incorporating biological quantities, are established. The growth behavior of cucumber follows the classic theory of continuous or discontinuous phase transition. The mechanism of bulged tail in cucumber is interpreted by phase coexistence and characterized by critical conditions. Conclusions are given for advances in food engineering and novel fabrication techniques in mechanical biology.

  7. Variable-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of tetragonal and cubic perovskite-type barium titanate phases.

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    Nakatani, Tomotaka; Yoshiasa, Akira; Nakatsuka, Akihiko; Hiratoko, Tatsuya; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Okube, Maki; Sasaki, Satoshi

    2016-02-01

    A variable-temperature single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of a synthetic BaTiO3 perovskite has been performed over the temperature range 298-778 K. A transition from a tetragonal (P4mm) to a cubic (Pm3m) phase has been revealed near 413 K. In the non-centrosymmetric P4mm symmetry group, both Ti and O atoms are displaced along the c-axis in opposite directions with regard to the Ba position fixed at the origin, so that Ti(4+) and Ba(2+) cations occupy off-center positions in the TiO6 and BaO12 polyhedra, respectively. Smooth temperature-dependent changes of the atomic coordinates become discontinuous with the phase transition. Our observations imply that the cations remain off-center even in the high-temperature cubic phase. The temperature dependence of the mean-square displacements of Ti in the cubic phase includes a significant static component which means that Ti atoms are statistically distributed in the off-center positions.

  8. First principles study of the structural and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in cubic and tetragonal phases

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    Deluque Toro, C. E.; Rodríguez M., Jairo Arbey; Landínez Téllez, D. A.; Moreno Salazar, N. O.; Roa-Rojas, J.

    2014-12-01

    The Ba2YTaO6 double perovskite presents a transition from cubic (Fm-3m) to tetragonal structure (I4/m) at high temperature. In this work, we present a detailed study of the structural and electronic properties of the double perovskite Ba2YTaO6 in space group Fm-3m and I4/m. Calculations were made with the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave method (FP-LAPW) within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) with exchange and correlation effects in the Generalized Gradient (GGA) and Local Density (LDA) approximations. From the minimization of energy as a function of volume and the fitting of the Murnaghan equation some structural characteristics were determined as, for example, total energy, lattice parameter (a=8.50 Å in cubic phase and a=5.985 Å and c=8.576 Å in tetragonal), bulk modulus (135.6 GPa in cubic phase and 134.1 GPa in tetragonal phase) and its derivative. The study of the electronic characteristics was performed from the analysis of the electronic density of states (DOS). We find a non-metallic behavior for this with a direct band gap of approximately 3.5 eV and we found that the Ba2YTaO6 (I4/m) phase is the most stable one. © 2013 Elsevier Science.

  9. Incorporation of the dopamine D2L receptor and bacteriorhodopsin within bicontinuous cubic lipid phases. 2. Relevance to in meso crystallization of integral membrane proteins in novel lipid systems

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    Conn, Charlotte E.; Darmanin, Connie; Sagnella, Sharon M.; Mulet, Xavier; Greaves, Tamar L.; Varghese, Joseph N.; Drummond, Calum J.

    2014-09-24

    The dopamine D2 long (D2L) receptor and bacteriorhodopsin (bR), which are integral membraneproteins, have been incorporated within bicontinuous cubic mesophases formed by the lipids anandamide and H-farnesoyl monoethanolamide, which have been specifically investigated by us for use as in mesocrystallization media. We show that the incorporated membraneprotein affects the structure of the cubic phases with the particular effect observed dependent on the geometry of the underlying cubic phase. The results are complementary to those obtained in Part 1 of this series, where we demonstrated that the structural effects observed depend on the structure of the membraneprotein. Importantly protein concentrations commonly used for crystallization can destroy the cubic phase matrix, particularly where there is a large discrepancy between the hydrophilic and the hydrophobic spans of the membraneprotein, and the hydrophilic and hydrophobic domain sizes of the cubic phase.

  10. Robust aptamer sol-gel solid phase microextraction of very polar adenosine from human plasma.

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    Mu, Li; Hu, Xiangang; Wen, Jianping; Zhou, Qixing

    2013-03-01

    Conventional solid phase microextraction (SPME) has a limited capacity to extract very polar analytes, such as adenosine. To solve this problem, aptamer conjugating sol-gel methodology was coupled with an SPME fiber. According to the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported use of aptamer SPME. The fiber of aptamer sol-gel SPME with a mesoporous structure has high porosity, large surface area, and small water contact angle. Rather than employing direct entrapment, covalent immobilization was the dominant method of aptamer loading in sol-gel. Aptamer sol-gel fiber captured a specified analyte from among the analog molecules, thereby, exhibiting an excellent selective property. Compared with commercial SPME fibers, this aptamer fiber was suitable for extracting adenosine, presenting an extraction efficiency higher than 20-fold. The values of repeatability and reproducibility expressed by relative standard deviation were low (9.4%). Interestingly, the sol-gel network enhanced the resistance of aptamer SPME to both nuclease and nonspecific proteins. Furthermore, the aptamer sol-gel fiber was applied in human plasma with LOQ 1.5 μg/L, which is an acceptable level. This fiber also demonstrates durability and regeneration over 20-cycles without significant loss of efficiency. Given the various targets (from metal ions to biomacromolecules and cells) of aptamers, this methodology will extend the multi-domain applications of SPME.

  11. High-transparency, self-standable gel-SLIPS fabricated by a facile nanoscale phase separation.

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    Okada, Issei; Shiratori, Seimei

    2014-02-12

    Slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPSs) that were both highly transparent and free-standing (self-standability) were fabricated by an extremely simple process using non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) of a poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP)/di-n-butyl phthalate solution. We call these "Gel-SLIPS" because the porous PVDF-HFP film fabricated using the NIPS process has been used as a gel electrolyte in a lithium-ion battery. In previous reports, SLIPS fabrication required complex processes, high annealing temperatures, and drying. Gel-SLIPS can be fabricated from the adjusted solution and the lubricant at room temperature and pressure in 5 min by squeegee, cast, or dip methods. NIPS is based on a quick phase separation process in situ, and reduction of the surface energy is not required because of the considerable fluorine in PVDF-HFP. Moreover, because of the flexible nanonetwork structure of PVDF-HFP, Gel-SLIPS exhibited self-standability and high transmittance (>87% at 600 nm). Gel-SLIPS is thus highly versatile in terms of the fabrication process and film characteristics.

  12. Carbon nanotube-coated solid-phase microextraction metal fiber based on sol-gel technique.

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    Jiang, Ruifen; Zhu, Fang; Luan, Tiangang; Tong, Yexiang; Liu, Hong; Ouyang, Gangfeng; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2009-05-29

    A novel carbon nanotube (CNT)-coated solid-phase microextraction fiber was prepared based on sol-gel technique. Commonly used fragile fused silica fiber was replaced with stainless steel wire, which made the fiber unbreakable. An approach was also proposed for batch producing, and good reproducibilities for fiber to fiber and between fibers were achieved. Experiments showed that the sol-gel-CNT fiber exhibited high thermal stability to resist 350 degrees C and excellent solvent durability in methanol and acetonitrile. Compared to commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fiber, the sol-gel-CNT fiber represented significantly improved extraction efficiencies for both polar (phenols) and non-polar (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene) compounds. Meanwhile, no replacement effect, low carry-over and wide linear range demonstrated that the newly prepared sol-gel-CNT coating has liquid properties, which allow a relatively easy quantification procedure. Moreover, the characterization of the sol-gel-CNT coating was also evaluated with McReynold probe solutes. The results showed that the coating has better affinity for all the five types of solutes compared to commercial 7microm PDMS fiber, which suggested that the coating has the potential to be developed as GC stationary phase.

  13. Homogeneous percolation versus arrested phase separation in attractively-driven nanoemulsion colloidal gels.

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    Helgeson, Matthew E; Gao, Yongxiang; Moran, Shannon E; Lee, Jinkee; Godfrin, Michael; Tripathi, Anubhav; Bose, Arijit; Doyle, Patrick S

    2014-05-01

    We elucidate mechanisms for colloidal gelation of attractive nanoemulsions depending on the volume fraction (ϕ) of the colloid. Combining detailed neutron scattering, cryo-transmission electron microscopy and rheological measurements, we demonstrate that gelation proceeds by either of two distinct pathways. For ϕ sufficiently lower than 0.23, gels exhibit homogeneous fractal microstructure, with a broad gel transition resulting from the formation and subsequent percolation of droplet-droplet clusters. In these cases, the gel point measured by rheology corresponds precisely to arrest of the fractal microstructure, and the nonlinear rheology of the gel is characterized by a single yielding process. By contrast, gelation for ϕ sufficiently higher than 0.23 is characterized by an abrupt transition from dispersed droplets to dense clusters with significant long-range correlations well-described by a model for phase separation. The latter phenomenon manifests itself as micron-scale "pores" within the droplet network, and the nonlinear rheology is characterized by a broad yielding transition. Our studies reinforce the similarity of nanoemulsions to solid particulates, and identify important qualitative differences between the microstructure and viscoelastic properties of colloidal gels formed by homogeneous percolation and those formed by phase separation.

  14. Rationalization of reduced penetration of drugs through ceramide gel phase membrane.

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    Paloncýová, Markéta; DeVane, Russell H; Murch, Bruce P; Berka, Karel; Otyepka, Michal

    2014-11-25

    Since computing resources have advanced enough to allow routine molecular simulation studies of drug molecules interacting with biologically relevant membranes, a considerable amount of work has been carried out with fluid phospholipid systems. However, there is very little work in the literature on drug interactions with gel phase lipids. This poses a significant limitation for understanding permeation through the stratum corneum where the primary pathway is expected to be through a highly ordered lipid matrix. To address this point, we analyzed the interactions of p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and its ethyl (benzocaine) and butyl (butamben) esters with two membrane bilayers, which differ in their fluidity at ambient conditions. We considered a dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) bilayer in a fluid state and a ceramide 2 (CER2, ceramide NS) bilayer in a gel phase. We carried out unbiased (100 ns long) and biased z-constraint molecular dynamics simulations and calculated the free energy profiles of all molecules along the bilayer normal. The free energy profiles converged significantly slower for the gel phase. While the compounds have comparable affinities for both membranes, they exhibit penetration barriers almost 3 times higher in the gel phase CER2 bilayer. This elevated barrier and slower diffusion in the CER2 bilayer, which are caused by the high ordering of CER2 lipid chains, explain the low permeability of the gel phase membranes. We also compared the free energy profiles from MD simulations with those obtained from COSMOmic. This method provided the same trends in behavior for the guest molecules in both bilayers; however, the penetration barriers calculated by COSMOmic did not differ between membranes. In conclusion, we show how membrane fluid properties affect the interaction of drug-like molecules with membranes.

  15. The interdigitated gel phase in mixtures of cationic and zwitterionic phospholipids.

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    Smith, Eric A; Dea, Phoebe K

    2015-01-01

    To examine the phase behavior of mixtures of zwitterionic and cationic lipids we used three derivatives of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC). All three lipids are uniquely capable of spontaneously forming the interdigitated gel phase (LβI) under typical hydration conditions. The P-O-ethyl derivative, 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (EDPPC), was chosen as the cationic lipid. For the zwitterionic lipids, we use the ether-linked 1,2-di-O-hexadecyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, (DHPC) and the fluorine substituted 1-palmitoyl-2-(16-fluoropalmitoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (F-DPPC). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fluorescence spectroscopy were used to analyze the lipid mixtures. The F-DPPC/EDPPC mixtures are interdigitated at all lipid ratios below the main transition temperature (Tm). In addition, EDPPC stabilizes the interdigitated gel phase of DHPC until the ripple gel phase (Pβ') is eliminated and only the LβI to liquid crystalline phase (Lα) main transition remains. These results demonstrate that mixtures of cationic and zwitterionic lipids can be compatible with the interdigitated phase.

  16. Advances in the application of food emulsifier α-gel phases: Saturated monoglycerides, polyglycerol fatty acid esters, and their derivatives.

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    Wang, Fan C; Marangoni, Alejandro G

    2016-12-01

    Emulsifiers form complex structures in colloidal systems. One of these structures, the α-gel phase, has drawn much research interest. α-gel phases are formed by emulsifiers that are stable in the α-crystalline structure in the presence of water. The α-gel phase has shown superior functionality in a variety of applications because it has a water-rich lamellar structure. Even though studies on emulsifier α-gel phases emerged over half a century ago, there is still a knowledge gap on fundamental properties of α-gel phases formed by a variety of emulsifiers. This article summarizes recent studies on the physical and chemical properties of α-gel phases formed by several food emulsifiers, specifically saturated monoglycerides, polyglycerol monoester and diesters of fatty acid, and sodium stearoyl lactylate. Recent research has advanced the understanding of factors affecting the stability and foamability of the α-gel phases. Current and potential applications of α-gel phases in baked food products and in personal care products are also reviewed here.

  17. Preparation of A New Fiber by Sol-gel Technology in Solid-phase Microextraction (SPME)

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    Li Ming WEI; Qing Yu OU; Ju Bai LI

    2004-01-01

    The sol-gel technology is applied for the preparation of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The fiber demonstrates high thermal stability, efficient extraction rate and the selectivity for non-polar or low-polar analytes. Efficient SPME-GC-FID analyses of benzene- toluene-ethylbenzene-xylenes (BTEXs) and low-polar halocarbon were achieved by the sol-gel coated DSDA-DDBT-TiO2 fiber. Some parameters of the SPME fiber for the determination of halocarbon in aqueous sample were investigated.

  18. Modeling Discontinuous Phase Transitions in Gel Membranes: Focus on Hysteresis and Feedback Mechanisms

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    Kuksenok, Olga

    Feedback mechanisms are vital in a number of processes in biological systems. For example, feedback loops play an essential role during a limb development in mammals and are responsible for the asymmetric cell division to constrain the growth in plants to the specific regions. An integration of well-controlled feedback loops into the fully synthetic materials is an important step in designing a range of biomimetic functionalities. Herein, we focus on hydrogels functionalized with light-sensitive trisodium salt of copper chlorophyllin and study discontinuous phase transitions in these systems. Prior experimental studies had shown that illumination of these functionalized gels results in their heating and in discontinuous, first order phase transition upon the variation in temperature. Herein, we develop the first computational model for these gels; the framework of the model is based on the gel Lattice Spring Model, in this work we account for the gel heating under the illumination. The results of our simulations are in a good agreement with prior experimental studies. We focus on pattern development during the volume phase transitions in membranes of various thicknesses and show that one can effectively utilize light intensity to remotely control feedback loops in these systems.

  19. Origin of Invariant Gel Melting Temperatures in the c-T Phase Diagram of an Organogel.

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    Christ, Elliot; Blanc, Christophe; Al Ouahabi, Abdelaziz; Maurin, David; Le Parc, Rozenn; Bantignies, Jean-Louis; Guenet, Jean-Michel; Collin, Dominique; Mésini, Philippe J

    2016-05-17

    Binary c-T phase diagrams of organogelators in solvent are frequently simplified to two domains, gel and sol, even when the melting temperatures display two distinct regimes, an increase with T and a plateau. Herein, the c-T phase diagram of an organogelator in solvent is elucidated by rheology, DSC, optical microscopy, and transmitted light intensity measurements. We evidence a miscibility gap between the organogelator and the solvent above a threshold concentration, cL. In this domain the melting or the formation of the gel becomes a monotectic transformation, which explains why the corresponding temperatures are nonvariant above cL. As shown by further studies by variable temperature FTIR and NMR, different types of H-bonds drive both the liquid-liquid phase separation and the gelation.

  20. Effects of mechanical stress on the volume phase transition of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) based polymer gels

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    Takigawa, T.; Araki, H.; Takahashi, K.; Masuda, T.

    2000-11-01

    The effects of mechanical stress on the volume phase transition of a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPA) gel as well as a copolymer gel composed of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPA) and sodium acrylate (SA) were investigated in the relatively low stress region. The PNIPA gel without elongational stress showed the behavior close to the second order phase transition. The character of the first order transition became clear under tension, and the transition temperature increased with increasing applied stress. Similar behavior was observed for the NIPA-SA copolymer gel, but the copolymer gel showed the first order transition in the whole stress range investigated. The thermodynamical linear region, where the transition temperature varies linearly with applied stress, was narrower than the mechanical linear region determined by the stress-strain relation of the gels. The change in the transition behavior by the application of the mechanical stress originated chiefly from the volume change in the gels by the applied mechanical stress. It was found that the curve of the transition temperature against applied stress corresponds to the phase boundary between the swollen and collapsed phases for the gels. On the basis of the experimental data, a phenomenological model describing the volume phase transition of the polymer gels is proposed in the frame of the Landau-type free energy expression.

  1. Synthesis of Cubic Phase-Co Microspheres by Mechanical Solid-State Reaction-Thermal Decomposition and Research on Its Growth Kinetics

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    Ying Deng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cubic phase cobalt (Co, which can be used as a key component for composite materials given its excellent ductility and internal structure, is not easy to obtain at room temperature. In this study, oxalic acid and cobalt nitrate are used as raw materials to synthesize the cobalt oxalate precursor, which has a stable structure with a five-membered chelate ring. Cobalt oxalate microspheres, having a high internal energy content, were prepared by using mechanical solid-state reaction in the presence of a surfactant, which can produce spherical micelles. The thermal decomposition of the precursor was carried out by maintaining it in a nitrogen atmosphere at 450°C for 3 h. At the end of the procedure, 100 nm cubic phase-Co microspheres, stable at room temperature, were obtained. Isothermal and nonisothermal kinetic mechanisms of cobalt grain growth were investigated. The cubic-Co grain growth activation energy, Q, was calculated in this study to be 71.47 kJ/mol. The required reaction temperature was low, making the production process simple and suitable for industrial applications.

  2. In vitro activity of Aloe vera inner gel against microorganisms grown in planktonic and sessile phases.

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    Cataldi, V; Di Bartolomeo, S; Di Campli, E; Nostro, A; Cellini, L; Di Giulio, M

    2015-12-01

    The failure of traditional antimicrobial treatments is becoming a worldwide problem. The use of Aloe vera is of particular interest for its role as curative agent and its efficacy in complementary therapies for a variety of illnesses. This study evaluated the antimicrobial activity of A. vera inner gel against a panel of microorganisms, Gram-positive and -negative bacteria, and Candida albicans. In addition to A. vera inner gel being used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, in dermatological treatments, and wound healing, it was also tested on the sessile phase of clinical Helicobacter pylori strains (including multi-drug-resistant strains) and on planktonic and sessile phase of Staphylococcus aureus/Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates from venous leg ulcers.A. vera inner gel expresses its prevalent activity against Gram-negative bacteria and C. albicans in respect to Gram-positive bacteria. The results of the A. vera antibiofilm activity showed a decrease of the produced biomass in a concentration-dependent-way, in each analyzed microorganism. The data obtained show that A. vera inner gel has both an antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity suggesting its potential use for the treatment of microbial infections, in particular for H. pylori gastric infection, especially in case of multi-drug-resistance, as well as for an effective wound dressing.

  3. Temperature-Induced Phase Transition of In2O3 from a Rhombohedral Structure to a Body-Centered Cubic Structure

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    YANG Lin-Hong; DONG Hong-Xing; SUN Zheng; SUN Liao-Xin; SHEN Xue-Chu; CHEN Zhang-Hai

    2011-01-01

    @@ We report an experimental study on the temperature-induced phase transition of three-dimensional nanosheetbased flower-like microspheres(NBFMs)of In2O3.Using InOOH as precursor, rhombohedral-In2O3 NBFMs are fabricated.Temperature-induced phase transition of In2O3 NBFMs from a rhombohedral(rh) structure to a body-centered cubic(bcc) structure is examined by Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction.The critical phase transition temperature is found to be about 500℃.Photoluminescence(PL)spectra of In2O3 are measured before annealing and after annealing at different temperatures.The PL spectral results provide further evidence for the phase transition, confirming the fabrication of bcc-In2O3 NBFMs via a simple annealing method.

  4. Nanoscale ab-initio calculations of optical and electronic properties of LaCrO{sub 3} in cubic and rhombohedral phases

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    Soltani, N. [Department of Physics (Materials and Electroceramics Laboratory), Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseini, S.M., E-mail: sma_hosseini@yahoo.co [Department of Physics (Materials and Electroceramics Laboratory), Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kompany, A. [Department of Physics (Materials and Electroceramics Laboratory), Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-11-15

    We report nanoscale ab-initio calculations of the linear optical and electronic properties of LaCrO{sub 3} in nonmagnetic cubic and rhombohedral phases using the full potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. In this work the generalized gradient approximation is used for exchange-correlation potential. The dielectric tensor is derived within random-phase approximation. We present results for the band structure, density of states, imaginary and real parts of dielectric tensor, electron energy loss spectroscopy, sum rules, reflectivity, refractive index and extinction coefficient. The regions of transparent, absorption and reflection are discussed. We are not aware of any published experimental or theoretical data for these phases, so our calculations can be used to cover this lack of data for these phases.

  5. Cubic colloids : Synthesis, functionalization and applications

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    Castillo, S.I.R.

    2015-01-01

    This thesis is a study on cubic colloids: micron-sized cubic particles with rounded corners (cubic superballs). Owing to their shape, particle packing for cubes is more efficient than for spheres and results in fascinating phase and packing behavior. For our cubes, the particle volume fraction when

  6. Cubic colloids : Synthesis, functionalization and applications

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    Castillo, S.I.R.

    2015-01-01

    This thesis is a study on cubic colloids: micron-sized cubic particles with rounded corners (cubic superballs). Owing to their shape, particle packing for cubes is more efficient than for spheres and results in fascinating phase and packing behavior. For our cubes, the particle volume fraction when

  7. 用MOVPE方法外延生长Si掺杂的立方相GaN%Si-doped Cubic GaN Grown by Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    WU; Jun; ZHAO; F; H; Ito; Y; Yoshida; S; Onabe; K; Shiraki; Y

    2001-01-01

    用MOVPE方法采取一种两步生长过程生长了未掺杂和Si掺杂的GaN.在生长了一个20nm厚的缓冲层后,外延生长了1μm厚的立方GaN外延层.利用二次离子质谱测定了掺杂的程度.并用X射线衍射和光致发光测量来表征了未掺杂和Si掺杂GaN的结构和光学质量.%Si-doped and undoped cubic GaN were grown by low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy using a two-step growth process. After the deposition of a 20nm-thick buffer layer, an about 1μm-thick Si-doped cubic GaN epitaxial layer was deposited. Doping level was determined by secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence measurements were used to characterize the structural and optical quality of the undoped and the Si-doped cubic GaN.

  8. Infrared intensity of 1-monolaurin-water systems in the gel phase

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    Kanesaka, Isao; Ishizaka, Makiko; Shimizu, Kunihiko

    2000-11-01

    The infrared spectra of 1-monolaurin-water systems, where KSCN is added as the intensity standard, were observed and the infrared intensity of the bands due to acyl groups measured relatively to that of the CN stretching. The infrared intensities of the bands parallel and perpendicular to the paraffin chains decrease and increase, respectively, on going from the crystalline β phase to the gel phase, confirming that these intensity changes result from the long-range interaction among oscillating dipoles. The infrared spectra with no CH 2 rocking and the splitting of the CH 2 rocking are also discussed with the same interaction model.

  9. Specific heat and phonon density of state of cubic phase of protonic conductor LaAlO3

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    Sharma, Anupam Deep; Sinha, M. M.

    2016-05-01

    Perovskite oxides find wide range of applications like oxygen sensors, catalyst support, high frequency capacitors, high temperature superconducting microwave devices, solid state oxide fuel cell (SOFC) etc. LaAlO3 is one of such type of prominent perovskite oxides and very prominent material for protonic conductions. Therefore knowledge of the thermal properties of LaAlO3 is most significant. Hence in the present study we have studied phonon density of states and specific heat of LaAlO3 in cubic structure by applying lattice dynamical theoretical model. The calculated results are interpreted with existing experimental or theoretical results.

  10. Phase equilibria and thermodynamic modeling of ethane and propane hydrates in porous silica gels.

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    Seo, Yongwon; Lee, Seungmin; Cha, Inuk; Lee, Ju Dong; Lee, Huen

    2009-04-23

    In the present study, we examined the active role of porous silica gels when used as natural gas storage and transportation media. We adopted the dispersed water in silica gel pores to substantially enhance active surface for contacting and encaging gas molecules. We measured the three-phase hydrate (H)-water-rich liquid (L(W))-vapor (V) equilibria of C(2)H(6) and C(3)H(8) hydrates in 6.0, 15.0, 30.0, and 100.0 nm silica gel pores to investigate the effect of geometrical constraints on gas hydrate phase equilibria. At specified temperatures, the hydrate stability region is shifted to a higher pressure region depending on pore size when compared with those of bulk hydrates. Through application of the Gibbs-Thomson relationship to the experimental data, we determined the values for the C(2)H(6) hydrate-water and C(3)H(8) hydrate-water interfacial tensions to be 39 +/- 2 and 45 +/- 1 mJ/m(2), respectively. By using these values, the calculation values were in good agreement with the experimental ones. The overall results given in this study could also be quite useful in various fields, such as exploitation of natural gas hydrate in marine sediments and sequestration of carbon dioxide into the deep ocean.

  11. Phase behavior of electrostatically complexed polyelectrolyte gels using an embedded fluctuation model.

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    Audus, Debra J; Gopez, Jeffrey D; Krogstad, Daniel V; Lynd, Nathaniel A; Kramer, Edward J; Hawker, Craig J; Fredrickson, Glenn H

    2015-02-14

    Nanostructured, responsive hydrogels formed due to electrostatic interactions have promise for applications such as drug delivery and tissue mimics. These physically cross-linked hydrogels are composed of an aqueous solution of oppositely charged triblocks with charged end-blocks and neutral, hydrophilic mid-blocks. Due to their electrostatic interactions, the end-blocks microphase separate and form physical cross-links that are bridged by the mid-blocks. The structure of this system was determined using a new, efficient embedded fluctuation (EF) model in conjunction with self-consistent field theory. The calculations using the EF model were validated against unapproximated field-theoretic simulations with complex Langevin sampling and were found consistent with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements on an experimental system. Using both the EF model and SAXS, phase diagrams were generated as a function of end-block fraction and polymer concentration. Several structures were observed including a body-centered cubic sphere phase, a hexagonally packed cylinder phase, and a lamellar phase. Finally, the EF model was used to explore how parameters that directly relate to polymer chemistry can be tuned to modify the resulting phase diagram, which is of practical interest for the development of new hydrogels.

  12. Three-phase microemulsion/sol-gel system for aqueous catalysis with hydrophobic chemicals.

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    Abu-Reziq, Raed; Blum, Jochanan; Avnir, David

    2004-02-20

    A facile three-phase transport process is described that allows to carry out catalytic reactions in water, whereby all components are hydrophobic. According to this process a hydrophobic substrate is microemulsified in water and subjected to an organometallic catalyst, which is entrapped within a partially hydrophobized sol-gel matrix. The surfactant molecules, which carry the hydrophobic substrate, adsorb/desorb reversibly on the surface of the sol-gel matrix breaking the micellar structure, spilling their substrate load into the porous medium that contains the catalyst. A catalytic reaction then takes place within the ceramic material to form the desired products that are extracted by the desorbing surfactant, carrying the emulsified product back into the solution. The method is general and versatile and has been demonstrated with the catalytic hydrogenations of alkenes, alkynes, aromatic C=C bonds, and nitro and cyano groups.

  13. AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON THE SOL/GEL PHASE TRANSITION OF LINEAR POLYMER IN THE PRESENCE OF CROSSLINKERS

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    HAN Ming; SHI Lianghe; YE Meiling; MULLER Guy

    1996-01-01

    The sol/gel phase diagrams were studied for two systems: polyacrylamide/Cr (Ⅲ) and polyacrylamide/glyoxal. Sol or gel phase could be distinguished according to the concentrations of polymer and crosslinker. The boundary polymer concentration did not depend on the types of gelation and decreased with increasing polymer dimension (molecular weight and conformation). The gelation, which is basically interchain bonding, requires the occurrence of entanglement. The overlap concentration is thus considered as the minimum polymer concentration required for gelation.

  14. Phase behaviors involved in surimi gel system: Effects of phase separation on gelation of myofibrillar protein and kappa-carrageenan.

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    Zhang, Tao; Xu, Xiaoqi; Ji, Lei; Li, Zhaojie; Wang, Yuming; Xue, Yong; Xue, Changhu

    2017-10-01

    Phase behaviors of mixtures of myofibrillar protein and κ-carrageenan at different mixing ratios and temperatures were examined by digital images and confocal scanning laser microscopy, showing that that the extent of phase separation was enhanced as the ratio of polysaccharides and temperature increased. The zeta potential of the mixtures became less negative as the protein ratio increased, and the complex became saturated at or above the protein/κ-carrageenan ratio of R4 (3.2%:0.8%). Gelation process performed by dynamic rheological analysis demonstrated that the presence of carrageenan decreased the gelation temperature but increased the storage modulus. Analysis of the microstructures of the mixed gels showed that the networks were significantly influenced by the concentrations of κ-carrageenan. The present work could be applied to evaluate the mechanism of competition between phase separation and gelation in mixtures of proteins and polysaccharides. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Radar high-speed maneuvering target detection based on joint second-order keystone transform and modified integrated cubic phase function

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    Zhang, Jiancheng; Su, Tao; Li, Yanyan; Zheng, Jibin

    2016-07-01

    Long-time coherent integration is an effective means to improve the radar detection ability of high-speed maneuvering targets with jerk motion. However, the range migration (RM) and Doppler frequency migration (DFM) have a great impact on the integration performance. To overcome these problems, a unique method, called the second-order keystone transform modified integrated cubic phase function (SKT-MICPF), is proposed. In this method, the velocity compensation and SKT are jointly employed to correct the RM. After the RM correction, the azimuth echoes of a range cell where a target is located can be modeled as a cubic phase signal (CPS), whose chirp rate (CR) and quadratic CR are related to the target's radial acceleration and jerk, respectively. Thereafter, an effective parameters' estimation algorithm for CPS, called MICPF, is proposed and applied to compensate the DFM. After that, coherent integration and target detection are accomplished via the fast Fourier transform and constant false alarm rate technique, successively. Compared with the improved axis rotation discrete chirp Fourier transform, the SKT-MICPF achieves close detection performance, but greatly reduces the computational complexity. The results of simulation and real radar data demonstrate the validity of the proposed algorithm.

  16. Influence of the interdigitated gel phase in mixtures of ether-linked and monofluorinated ester-linked phospholipids.

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    Smith, Eric A; Dea, Phoebe K

    2012-12-01

    To evaluate the influence of the hydrocarbon chain linkage on the thermodynamic phase behavior of spontaneously interdigitating lipids, mixtures of ether-linked 1,2-di-O-hexadecyl-phosphocholine (DHPC) and ester-linked 1-palmitoyl-2-[16-fluoropalmitoyl]sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (F-DPPC) were studied. A combination of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), fluorescence spectroscopy, and transmittance spectrophotometry was used. Small amounts of F-DPPC increase the pretransition temperature (T(p)) between the interdigitated gel phase (L(β)I) and the ripple gel phase (P(β)'). There are some signs of immiscibility where the non-interdigitated lipid is present in the phase diagram. However, at around 20mol.% F-DPPC, the pretransition merges with the main transition and is no longer detectable as a separate entity. Additionally, the T(m) hysteresis increases steadily with higher mole fractions of F-DPPC. These results support that incorporating F-DPPC progressively stabilizes the L(β)I phase of DHPC until the membrane is fully interdigitated below the main transition temperature (T(m)). The mixtures of F-DPPC and DHPC are miscible once the membrane is entirely interdigitated in the gel phase. Therefore, the ability of both lipids to interdigitate is an important factor controlling gel phase miscibility. Our results also demonstrate that the gel phase behavior of DHPC is highly sensitive to changes in its environment.

  17. The GM1 Ganglioside Forms GM1-Rich Gel Phase Microdomains within Lipid Rafts

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    Lucia Becucci

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Mercury-supported, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs of the sole dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC and of a raft-forming mixture of DOPC, cholesterol (Chol and palmitoylsphingomyelin (PSM of (59:26:15 mol% composition, were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, both in the absence and in the presence of the monosialoganglioside GM1. The impedance spectra of these four SAMs were fitted by a series of parallel combinations of a resistance and a capacitance (RC meshes and displayed on plots of ωZ′ against −ωZ″, where Z′ and Z″ are the in-phase and quadrature components of the impedance and ω is the angular frequency. A comparison among these different impedance spectra points to the formation of GM1-rich gel phase microdomains within the lipid rafts of the DOPC/Chol/PSM mixture, thanks to the unique molecular-level smooth support provided by mercury, which allows EIS to detect the protruding gel phase microdomains by averaging them over a macroscopically large area.

  18. Substitution effect in reversible gel-liquid phase transformation polyoxometalate ionic liquid compounds.

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    Wu, Xuefei; Cai, Huaxue; Wu, Qingyin; Yan, Wenfu

    2016-07-28

    The substitution effect in a series of POM-type reversible gel-liquid phase transformation ionic liquid compounds, [MIMPS]8P2W16V2O62, [MIMPS]6H2P2W16V2O62 and [MIMPS]4H4P2W16V2O62, has been investigated. Interestingly, there is an obvious substitution effect on the physicochemical properties of these compounds. When protons are substituted in place of ammonium, both the conductivity and the thermo-stability of the compounds can be increased a lot, and more protons can enhance this tendency.

  19. Rheological model for sol-gel phase transition of thermo-aged heavy oil fractions

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    Xiomara Andrea Vargas Arenas

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available A power-law rheological model is proposed in this paper: G’’ (ω ∼ ωn and G’ (ω ~ ωn. It represents the increased connectivity between thermo-aged asphalt molecules in a rheo-reactor as one of the applications of systematic rheology. The results confirmed a sol-gel phase transition tendency for aged asphalt in the experimental frequency window at temperatures below 40°C. Such pattern could have been related to the structuring effect arising from the thermo-oxidative asphalt aging process during continuous agitation which has been suitably described by the micellar model of asphalt.

  20. Organic salts and aromatic substrates in two-component gel phase formation: the study of properties and release processes.

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    Vitale, Paola; D'Anna, Francesca; Marullo, Salvatore; Noto, Renato

    2015-09-07

    To identify gel phases able to act as confined reaction media or materials for the removal of organic pollutants, we studied two-component gel phases formed by naphthalenedisulfonate diimidazolium salts in the presence of some organic guests, in 1-propanol solution. Guests differing in π-surface area, bulkiness and electronic properties were taken into account. Soft materials obtained were investigated for their thermal stability, self-repairing ability and morphology. Furthermore, two-component gel phase formation was studied using resonance light scattering (RLS) measurements. Guest release processes from the gel phase were also studied. These processes were monitored as a function of time using both UV-vis and RLS measurements and considering important parameters such as the gelator concentration, the nature of extraction solvent and the extension of contact surface area between solvent and gel phase. Data collected shed light on the properties of the two-component gels and could represent a useful tool to better plan the application of these soft materials.

  1. Novel two-component gels of cetylpyridinium chloride and the bola-amphiphile 6-amino caproic acid: phase evolution and mechanism of gel formation.

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    Ramakanth, Illa; Patnaik, Archita

    2012-03-08

    A two-component gel resulting from the amphiphilic cationic surfactant cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) in the presence of a structure-forming bola-amphiphilic additive 6-aminocaproic acid (6-ACA) was realized and investigated. At a critical 6 wt % of 1:1 CPC:6-ACA, the yellow colored gel resulted from a 3:1 v/v CHCl(3):H(2)O critical binary solvent composition. The mixed amphiphilic system formed a 1:1 complex with a binding constant ~0.83 × 10(4) M(-1). Phase evolution and mechanism of gelation in the mixed CPC:6-ACA system was unraveled upon investigating the gel microstructure, based on spectroscopic, microscopic, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) investigations. The gel assembled as a lamellar organization, maintaining a loosely interdigitated bilayer structure of CPC and 6-ACA molecules through predominant charge transfer, H-bonding, and hydrophobic and intercomplex interactions. The SAXS pattern indicated a semicrystalline form to be the stable phase with alternating crystalline and amorphous layers; a novel mode of gelation with a widely disparate semicrystalline form of the lamellar gel was thus indicated, where the lamellar structure was deduced from the interplanar spacings. A transition from low viscosity reverse micellar solution to a yellow rigid gel upon aging was thus comprehended. The mixed amphiphile in varying polarity organic solvents in the presence of water indicated the nonconducive nature of gelation in very highly polar solvents, methanol, and DMF or, in very low polarity solvents, such as, cyclohexane and carbon tetrachloride.

  2. A new distorted body-centred cubic phase of titanium (delta-Ti) at pressures up to 220 GPa

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    Akahama, Y; Bihan, T L

    2002-01-01

    Structural phase transitions of titanium (Ti) have been investigated at pressures up to 220 GPa at room temperature using a monochromatic synchrotron x-ray diffraction technique. At 140 GPa, the hexagonal phase (omega-Ti) was transformed into an orthorhombic phase (delta-Ti) with a distorted bcc structure via an intermediate phase (gamma-Ti), which has recently been proposed. The delta-Ti and gamma-Ti phases had a unique zigzag-chain-like structure, which resulted from an orthorhombic distortion.

  3. A new distorted body-centred cubic phase of titanium ({delta}-Ti) at pressures up to 220 GPa

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    Akahama, Yuichi [Faculty of Science, Himeji Institute of Technology, 3-2-1, Kouto, Kamigohri, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); Kawamura, Haruki [Faculty of Science, Himeji Institute of Technology, 3-2-1, Kouto, Kamigohri, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); Bihan, Tristan Le [Faculty of Science, Himeji Institute of Technology, 3-2-1, Kouto, Kamigohri, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan)

    2002-11-11

    Structural phase transitions of titanium (Ti) have been investigated at pressures up to 220 GPa at room temperature using a monochromatic synchrotron x-ray diffraction technique. At 140 GPa, the hexagonal phase ({omega}-Ti) was transformed into an orthorhombic phase ({delta}-Ti) with a distorted bcc structure via an intermediate phase ({gamma}-Ti), which has recently been proposed. The {delta}-Ti and {gamma}-Ti phases had a unique zigzag-chain-like structure, which resulted from an orthorhombic distortion.

  4. Cubic Phases in the Gd2O3-ZrO2 and Dy2O3-TiO2 Systems for Nuclear Industry Applications

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    Maria Teresa Malachevsky

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Neutron absorbers are elements with a high neutron capture cross section that are employed at nuclear reactors to control excess fuel reactivity. If these absorbers are converted into materials of relatively low absorption cross section as the result of neutron absorption, they consume during the reactor core life and so are called burnable. These elements can be distributed inside an oxide ceramic that is stable under irradiation and thus called inert. Cubic zirconium oxide is one of the preferred materials to be used as inert matrix. It is stable under irradiation, experiments very low swelling, and is isomorphic to uranium oxide. The cubic phase is stabilized by adding small amounts of dopants like Dy2O3 and Gd2O3. As both dysprosium and gadolinium have a high neutron cross section, they are good candidates to prepare burnable neutron absorbers. Pyrochlores, like Gd2Zr2O7 and Dy2Ti2O7, allow the solid solution of a large quantity of elements besides being stable under irradiation. These characteristics make them also useful for safe storage of nuclear wastes. We present a preliminary study of the thermal analysis of different compositions in the systems Gd2O3-ZrO2 and Dy2O3-TiO2, investigating the feasibility to obtain oxide ceramics useful for the nuclear industry.

  5. β-Mn-type Co(8+x)Zn(12-x) as a defect cubic Laves phase: site preferences, magnetism, and electronic structure.

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    Xie, Weiwei; Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; Lamsal, Jagat; Liu, Jing; Heitmann, Thomas W; Quirinale, Dante; Goldman, Alan I; Pecharsky, Vitalij; Miller, Gordon J

    2013-08-19

    The results of crystallographic analysis, magnetic characterization, and theoretical assessment of β-Mn-type Co-Zn intermetallics prepared using high-temperature methods are presented. These β-Mn Co-Zn phases crystallize in the space group P4(1)32 [Pearson symbol cP20; a = 6.3555(7)-6.3220(7)], and their stoichiometry may be expressed as Co(8+x)Zn(12-x) [1.7(2) phase with a Curie temperature of ∼420 K. Neutron powder diffraction and electronic structure calculations using the local spin density approximation indicate that the spontaneous magnetization of this phase arises exclusively from local moments at the Co atoms. Inspection of the atomic arrangements of Co(8+x)Zn(12-x) reveals that the β-Mn aristotype may be derived from an ordered defect, cubic Laves phase (MgCu2-type) structure. Structural optimization procedures using the Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP) and starting from the undistorted, defect Laves phase structure achieved energy minimization at the observed β-Mn structure type, a result that offers greater insight into the β-Mn structure type and establishes a closer relationship with the corresponding α-Mn structure (cI58).

  6. Phase diagrams of the corner cubic Heisenberg model and its site-diluted version on a triangular lattice: Renormalization-group treatment

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    Nagai, Kiyoshi

    1985-02-01

    The global phase diagrams of the corner cubic anisotropic discrete-spin Heisenberg (CH) model and its site-diluted version (dCH) on a triangular lattice are investigated through the position-space renormalization-group method of the simple Migdal-Kadanoff type. The two models include many simpler models as their subspaces, and the interrelations among these models are elucidated. The five-dimensional (5D) phase diagram of the dCH model is generated from the 3D one of the CH model by introducing 2D site-dilution operation. The structure of the 5D phase diagram and the effect of site dilution on the CH model are conveniently visualized by introducing the concept of paths in the 3D subspace. The path describes the temperature variation provided that the ratios between the interaction parameters in the original CH model are fixed. The resulting phase diagrams of the dCH model exhibit the typical three-phase coexistence of solid, liquid, and gas, and their qualitative interpretations are summarized.

  7. A diffuse-interface modeling for liquid solution-solid gel phase transition of physical hydrogel with nonlinear deformation.

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    Li, Hua; Wu, Tao

    2016-10-01

    A diffuse-interface model is presented in this paper for simulation of the evolution of phase transition between the liquid solution and solid gel states for physical hydrogel with nonlinear deformation. The present domain covers the gel and solution states as well as a diffuse interface between them. They are indicated by the crosslink density in such a way that the solution phase is identified as the state when the crosslink density is small, while the gel as the state if the crosslink density becomes large. In this work, a novel order parameter is thus defined as the crosslink density, which is homogeneous in each distinct phase and smoothly varies over the interface from one phase to another. In this model, the constitutive equations, imposed on the two distinct phases and the interface, are formulated by the second law of thermodynamics, which are in the same form as those derived by a different approach. The present constitutive equations include a novel Ginzburg-Landau type of free energy with a double-well profile, which accounts for the effect of crosslink density. The present governing equations include the equilibrium of forces, the conservations of mass and energy, and an additional kinetic equation imposed for phase transition, in which nonlinear deformation is considered. The equilibrium state is investigated numerically, where two stable phases are observed in the free energy profile. As case studies, a spherically symmetrical solution-gel phase transition is simulated numerically for analysis of the phase transition of physical hydrogel.

  8. Lipid Bilayers in the Gel Phase Become Saturated by Triton X-100 at Lower Surfactant Concentrations Than Those in the Fluid Phase

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    Ahyayauch, Hasna; Collado, M. Isabel; Alonso, Alicia; Goñi, Felix M.

    2012-01-01

    It has been repeatedly observed that lipid bilayers in the gel phase are solubilized by lower concentrations of Triton X-100, at least within certain temperature ranges, or other nonionic detergents than bilayers in the fluid phase. In a previous study, we showed that detergent partition coefficients into the lipid bilayer were the same for the gel and the fluid phases. In this contribution, turbidity, calorimetry, and 31P-NMR concur in showing that bilayers in the gel state (at least down to 13–20°C below the gel-fluid transition temperature) become saturated with detergent at lower detergent concentrations than those in the fluid state, irrespective of temperature. The different saturation may explain the observed differences in solubilization. PMID:22713566

  9. Pure Cubic-Phase Hybrid Iodobismuthates AgBi2 I7 for Thin-Film Photovoltaics.

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    Kim, Younghoon; Yang, Zhenyu; Jain, Ankit; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Kim, Gi-Hwan; Liu, Min; Quan, Li Na; García de Arquer, F Pelayo; Comin, Riccardo; Fan, James Z; Sargent, Edward H

    2016-08-08

    Bismuth-based hybrid perovskites are candidates for lead-free and air-stable photovoltaics, but poor surface morphologies and a high band-gap energy have previously limited these hybrid perovskites. A new materials processing strategy to produce enhanced bismuth-based thin-film photovoltaic absorbers by incorporation of monovalent silver cations into iodobismuthates is presented. Solution-processed AgBi2 I7 thin films are prepared by spin-coating silver and bismuth precursors dissolved in n-butylamine and annealing under an N2 atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the pure cubic structure (Fd3m) with lattice parameters of a=b=c=12.223 Å. The resultant AgBi2 I7 thin films exhibit dense and pinhole-free surface morphologies with grains ranging in size from 200-800 nm and a low band gap of 1.87 eV suitable for photovoltaic applications. Initial studies produce solar power conversion efficiencies of 1.22 % and excellent stability over at least 10 days under ambient conditions.

  10. Transitions between mesophases involving cubic phases in the surfactant-water systems. Epitaxial relations and their consequences in a geometrical framework

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    Clerc, M.; Levelut, A. M.; Sadoc, J. F.

    1991-10-01

    In order to approach the fascinating structure of the cubic mesophases, we study phase transitions involving them and another mesophases with simpler structures. In the first part, we give some results obtained in the C_{12}EO_6/water binary system, that exhibits the most frequent case of bicontinuous cubic mesophase, with space group Ia3d, and two transitions toward the hexagonal and lamellar mesophases. X-ray scattering experiments and some optical observations in polarized light are presented for oriented single-domains of the mesophases. In the second part, we propose some topological arguments to explain the transformations involved at these two transitions and propose some possible fluctuations associated with them. les phases cubiques dans les systèmes eau/savon sont un exemple tout à fait remarquable d'organisation moléculaire entre liquides. Nous présentons ici une étude de transitions de phases entre elles et d'autres phases de structure beaucoup moins complexe, en montrant comment la structure cubique peut se déduire de celle des autres. Dans la première partie, nous présentons les résultats obtenus pour le système modèle C_{12}EO_6/eau, qui offre le cas le plus fréquent de phase cubique bicontinue, de groupe d'espace Ia3d, ainsi que deux transitions vers les phases hexagonale et lamellaire. Des clichés de diffraction des rayons X aux petits angles ont été obtenus pour des échantillons orientés de ces phases, mettant en particulier en évidence les fluctuations des structures observées, par la présence de “diffusions diffuses" entre les réflexions de Bragg. Dans la seconde partie, nous exposons une analyse détaillée des changements de topologie intervenant lors de ces deux transitions, puis discutons des fluctuations pouvant leur être associées, à la lumière des observations précédentes.

  11. Lamellar gel (lβ) phases of ternary lipid composition containing ceramide and cholesterol.

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    Busto, Jon V; García-Arribas, Aritz B; Sot, Jesús; Torrecillas, Alejandro; Gómez-Fernández, Juan C; Goñi, Félix M; Alonso, Alicia

    2014-02-04

    Lipid lateral segregation into specific domains in cellular membranes is associated with cell signaling and metabolic regulation. This phenomenon partially arises as a consequence of the very distinct bilayer-associated lipid physico-chemical properties that give rise to defined phase states at a given temperature. Until now lamellar gel (Lβ) phases have been described in detail in single or two-lipid systems. Using x-ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, confocal fluorescence microscopy, and atomic force microscopy, we have characterized phases of ternary lipid compositions in the presence of saturated phospholipids, cholesterol, and palmitoyl ceramide mixtures. These phases stabilized by direct cholesterol-ceramide interaction can exist either with palmitoyl sphingomyelin or with dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine and present intermediate properties between raft-associated phospholipid-cholesterol liquid-ordered and phospholipid-ceramide Lβ phases. The present data provide novel, to our knowledge, evidence of a chemically defined, multicomponent lipid system that could cooperate in building heterogeneous segregated platforms in cell membranes.

  12. Mechanism of Phase Transformation and Formation of Barium Hexaferrite Doped with Rare-Earths in Sol-Gel Process

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    甘树才; 洪广言; 张军; 车平; 唐娟

    2003-01-01

    The phase-transformation in sol-gel preparation of barium hexaferrite and the formation of barium hexaferrite doped with La3+ were studied by chemical phase analysis, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectrometry analysis. The experimental results show that phase transformation reactions of FeCO3, Fe2O3 and BaFe2O4, barium hexaferrite and γ-Fe2O3 take place in the heat treatment of gel. While the doping lanthanide ion replace barium ion, an equivalent quantity of Fe3+ are reduced to Fe2+ to maintain the charge equilibrium.

  13. Sol-gel synthesis of macroporous barium zirconate monoliths from ionic precursors via a phase separation route

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    Guo, Xingzhong; Wang, Zichen; Song, Jie; Yang, Hui

    2017-03-01

    Monolithic macroporous barium zirconate derived from ionic precursors has been successfully prepared via a phase separation route in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and propyleneoxide (PO). Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) acts as a phase separation inducer, while propyleneoxide (PO) acts as a gelation accelerant in the sol-gel process. Appropriate choice of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and propyleneoxide (PO) allows the production of continuous macroporous monolithic gel with a porosity of ca. 63% and a macropore size of 1.8 μm. Some BaCl2 recrystallizes in the dried gel, and subsequently tetragonal ZrO2 phase precipitates after heat-treated at 800 °C. The crystalline phase barium zirconate forms after heat treatment at 1100 °C in air, while the macroporous structure is preserved with a slight increase of porosity and a decrease of macropore size.

  14. SAXS and ATR-FTIR studies on EBT-TSX mixtures in their sol-gel phases.

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    Hirun, Namon; Rugmai, Supagorn; Sangfai, Tanatchaporn; Tantishaiyakul, Vimon

    2012-11-01

    Our previous study demonstrated that mixtures of tamarind seed xyloglucan (TSX) with appropriate concentrations of eriochrome black T (EBT) produced a gel that could be of benefit for medical use. Here, the sol-gel systems of various fresh and aged mixtures were further investigated using rheological measurements. The nanostructural changes of EBT-TSX sol-gel phases were analyzed using SAXS. The interactions between EBT and TSX in the sol and gel states were examined using ATR-FTIR. SAXS data analysis demonstrated that the mixture containing lower concentration of EBT formed rod-like structures and that with higher concentrations of EBT produced flat particles. The sizes of the TSX structures from the aged mixtures in the gel stage were larger than those from the same mixtures in the sol state. ATR-FTIR spectral changes revealed that the azo and sulfonic acid groups of EBT interacted with the TSX, and the characteristic spectrum of the sulfonic acid group of EBT could discriminate between the sol and gel state of the EBT-TSX systems. The interactions between EBT and TSX may cause conformational changes to TSX and facilitate the sol-gel transition or formation of a gel.

  15. Application of the cubic-plus-association (CPA) equation of state to model the fluid phase behaviour of binary mixtures of water and tetrahydrofuran

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    Herslund, Peter Jørgensen; Thomsen, Kaj; Abildskov, Jens

    2013-01-01

    The complex fluid phase behaviour, of the binary system comprised of water and tetrahydrofuran (THF) is modelled by use of the cubic-plus-association (CPA) equation of state. A total of seven modelling approaches are analysed, differing only in their way of describing THF and its interactions...... are named Case 2 to Case 7. Case 2 treats THF as non self-associating, but applies a single association site on the THF oxygen atom, that allows for cross-linking with a single water molecule. Case 3 is identical to Case 2 but applies two association sites on THF, allowing for simultaneous cross...... accepting- and two electron donating sites.Cases 6 and 7 are similar to Cases 4 and 5, respectively, however the binary cross-association volume between electron accepting sites on water and electron donating sites on THF is adjusted to match the CPA descriptions with available experimental VLE data...

  16. Annealing behavior of hexagonal phase content in cubic GaN thin films grown on GaAs (001) by MOCVD

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    孙小玲; 杨辉; 王玉田; 李国华; 郑联喜; 李建斌; 徐大鹏; 王占国

    1999-01-01

    The annealing behavior of the hexagonal phase content in cubic GaN (c-GaN) thin films grown on GaAs (001) by MOCVD is reported. C-GaN thin films are grown on GaAs (001) substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). High temperature annealing is employed to treat the as-grown c-GaN thin films. The characterization of the c-GaN films is investigated by photoluminescence (PL) and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The change conditions of the hexagonal phase content in the metastable c-GaN are reported. There is a boundary layer existing in the c-GaN/GaAs film. When being annealed at high temperature, the intensity of the TOB and LOB phonon modes from the boundary layer weakens while that of the E2 phonon mode from the hexagonal phase increases. The content change of hexagonal phase has closer relationship with annealing temperature than with annealing time period.

  17. Solid-state 13C NMR study of banana liquid crystals - 3: Alkyl-tail-group packing environments of an acute-angle bent-core molecule in the hexagonal columnar and cubic phases

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    Kurosu, Hiromichi; Endo, Yumi; Kimura, Saori; Hashimoto, Tomoko; Harada, Motoi; Lee, Eun-Woo; Sone, Masato; Watanabe, Junji; Kang, Sungmin

    2016-02-01

    Solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were performed on the hexagonal columnar and cubic phases of an acute-angle banana-shaped molecule, N(1,7)-S30. In the hexagonal columnar phase, three peaks appear at the NMR chemical shifts assigned to the internal methylene carbons of alkyl tails, indicating that the two alkyl tails have different packing structures, and one of the tails has two different conformations within a single molecule. Combined cross-polarization/magic-angle spinning and pulse saturation transfer/magic-angle spinning measurements show that one of the alkyl chains is located inside and the other is located outside the columnar structure. In the cubic phase, pulse saturation transfer/magic-angle spinning measurement shows that only one peak appears at the NMR chemical shifts assigned to the internal methylene carbons of alkyl tails, indicating that both of the alkyl chains are located outside the cubic structure.

  18. Effect of cooling-heating rate on sol-gel transformation of fish gelatin-gum arabic complex coacervate phase.

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    Anvari, Mohammad; Chung, Donghwa

    2016-10-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize influence of different cooling and heating rates on gelation of fish gelatin (FG)-gum arabic (GA) complex coacervate phase using rheological measurements. For the coacervate phase prepared at 10°C, the gelling temperature, melting temperature, gel strength, and stress relaxation decreased with increasing cooling or heating rate, however, no gelation was observed at the highest cooling rate of 0.05°C/min. Similar trends were obtained for the coacervates phase prepared at 30°C, but the gelation did not occur at a cooling rate of 0.033 or 0.05°C/min. The results indicated that rheological properties of FG-GA coacervate gels were highly dependent to the cooling process, where more thermos-stable and stronger gels formed at slower cooling. This was probably because of higher degree of molecular rearrangements, more hydrogen bindings, and formation of greater junction zones into the gel network at slower cooling rates. However, all of the FG-GA coacervate gels obtained at different cooling rates were classified as a weak physical gel.

  19. Imprinted functionalized silica sol-gel for solid-phase extraction of triazolamin.

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    Jin, Guoyou; Zhang, Baofei; Tang, Youwen; Zuo, Xiongjun; Wang, Songcai; Tang, Jingyi

    2011-05-15

    A triazolam-imprinted silica microsphere was prepared by combining a surface molecular-imprinting technique with the sol-gel process. The results illustrate that the triazolam-imprinted silica microspheres provided using γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and phenyltrimethoxysilane as monomers exhibited higher selectivity than those provided from γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and methyltriethoxysilane. In addition, the optimum affinity occurred when the molar ratio of γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, phenyltrimethoxysilane, and the template molecule was 4.2:4.7:0.6. Retention factor (k) and imprinting factor (IF) of triazolam on the imprinted and non-imprinted silica microsphere columns were characterized using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with different mobile phases including methanol, acetonitrile, and water solutions. The molecular selectivity of the imprinted silica microspheres was also evaluated for triazolam and its analogue compounds in various mobile phases. The better results indicated that k and IF of triazolam on the imprinted silica microsphere column were 2.1 and 35, respectively, when using methanol/water (1/1, v/v) as the mobile phase. Finally, the imprinted silica was applied as a sorbent in solid-phase extraction (SPE), to selectively extract triazolam and its metabolite, α-hydroxytriazolam, from human urine samples. The limits of detection (LOD) for triazolam and α-hydroxytriazolam in urine samples were 30 ± 0.21 ng mL(-1) and 33 ± 0.26 ng mL(-1), respectively.

  20. Utility of colposcopy in a phase 2 portion of a microbicide clinical trial of BufferGel and 0.5% PRO 2000 Gel

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    Zvavahera M Chirenje

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The majority of new HIV infections are acquired through heterosexual transmission. There is urgent need for prevention methods to compliment behavior change and condom use. Topical microbicide represent a potential strategy for reduction of HIV transmission in women. Methods: Monthly Colposcopy evaluations were performed during pelvic examinations among 299 women enrolled in the Phase 2 portion of HPTN 035 study at four sites (1 in USA, 3 in Southern Africa. This was a phase 2/2b, multisite, randomized, and controlled clinical trial with four arms: BufferGel, 0.5% PRO2000 Gel, placebo gel and no gel. At two of the sites, pelvic examinations were conducted by the use of naked eye without colposcopy. Results: A colposcopy finding of any kind was detected in 48% of participants at baseline compared to 40% at 3 months (p =0.04. The lower rates were also observed in vaginal discharge (22% at baseline, 16% at 3 months, p=0.06, erythema (15% at baseline, 8% at 3 months, p=0.004. The trend towards significance at p=0.05 disappear when utilizing stringent statistical significance levels. A pelvic finding of any kind was detected in 71% of colposcopy participants compared to 41% of participants who had naked eye examination only conducted at two sites that performed both colposcopy and naked eye without colposcopy. Use of colposcopy yielded significantly higher rates of participants with deep epithelial disruption, erythema and ecchymosis. We observed no cases of incident Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Syphilis during the three month follow up. There were 2 cases of incident HIV during 3-month study period neither of which was associated with any abnormal colposcopy evaluation findings. Conclusion: No safety signals were observed in the 4 study arms, allowing seamless transition from phase 2 to 2b. Colposcopy utility in microbicide clinical trials has minimal value given high rates of background noise findings of no relevant clinical significance.

  1. A phase 1 randomized, double blind, placebo controlled rectal safety and acceptability study of tenofovir 1% gel (MTN-007.

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    Ian McGowan

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Rectal microbicides are needed to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition associated with unprotected receptive anal intercourse. The MTN-007 study was designed to assess the safety (general and mucosal, adherence, and acceptability of a new reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir 1% gel. METHODS: Participants were randomized 1:1:1:1 to receive the reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir 1% gel, a hydroxyethyl cellulose placebo gel, a 2% nonoxynol-9 gel, or no treatment. Each gel was administered as a single dose followed by 7 daily doses. Mucosal safety evaluation included histology, fecal calprotectin, epithelial sloughing, cytokine expression (mRNA and protein, microarrays, flow cytometry of mucosal T cell phenotype, and rectal microflora. Acceptability and adherence were determined by computer-administered questionnaires and interactive telephone response, respectively. RESULTS: Sixty-five participants (45 men and 20 women were recruited into the study. There were no significant differences between the numbers of ≥ Grade 2 adverse events across the arms of the study. Likelihood of future product use (acceptability was 87% (reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir 1% gel, 93% (hydroxyethyl cellulose placebo gel, and 63% (nonoxynol-9 gel. Fecal calprotectin, rectal microflora, and epithelial sloughing did not differ by treatment arms during the study. Suggestive evidence of differences was seen in histology, mucosal gene expression, protein expression, and T cell phenotype. These changes were mostly confined to comparisons between the nonoxynol-9 gel and other study arms. CONCLUSIONS: The reduced glycerin formulation of tenofovir 1% gel was safe and well tolerated rectally and should be advanced to Phase 2 development. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01232803.

  2. Composition design for Laves phase-related body-centered cubic-V solid solution alloys with large hydrogen storage capacities.

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    Wang, H B; Wang, Q; Dong, C; Yuan, L; Xu, F; Sun, L X

    2008-03-19

    This paper analyzes the characteristics of alloy compositions with large hydrogen storage capacities in Laves phase-related body-centered cubic (bcc) solid solution alloy systems using the cluster line approach. Since a dense-packed icosahedral cluster A(6)B(7) characterizes the local structure of AB(2) Laves phases, in an A-B-C ternary system, such as Ti-Cr (Mn, Fe)-V, where A-B forms AB(2) Laves phases while A-C and B-C tend to form solid solutions, a cluster line A(6)B(7)-C is constructed by linking A(6)B(7) to C. The alloy compositions with large hydrogen storage capacities are generally located near this line and are approximately expressed with the cluster-plus-glue-atom model. The cluster line alloys (Ti(6)Cr(7))(100-x)V(x) (x = 2.5-70 at.%) exhibit different structures and hence different hydrogen storage capacities with increasing V content. The alloys (Ti(6)Cr(7))(95)V(5) and Ti(30)Cr(40)V(30) with bcc solid solution structure satisfy the cluster-plus-glue-atom model.

  3. The growth of a cubic, single phase, Cd 0.6Mn 0.4Te single crystal by the vertical gradient freeze method

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    Azoulay, M.; Raizman, A.; Weingarten, R.; Shacham, H.; Feldstein, H.

    1993-03-01

    The growth of CdMnTe single crystals faces some difficulties due to the phase transition in the solid state at high temperatures, just after solidification. To overcome this problem, it has been suggested to grow the crystals from a Te-rich solution by the traveling heater method at a lower temperature than that of growth from the melt, or alternatively to grow the crystal from the melt at high axial thermal gradient near the interface. In this paper, we present for the first time the growth of cubic, single phase, CdxMn1-xTe single crystals by the vertical gradient freeze technique under a very low axial thermal gradient in the melt (3°C/cm) and high manganese content (x ≈ 40%). The solidification stage is characterized by a rapid cooling of the crystal through the phase transition temperature region, followed by annealing at about 800°C. The crystal exhibits a very high crystalline perfection, as measured by the double-crystal X-ray rocking curves with a full width at half maximum of 30 arc sec and low optical losses of about 1 dB/mm between 650 and 820 nm with λ-cutoff at 630 nm. Further magneto-optical properties are currently examined for a possible application in devices.

  4. Collective dynamics and self-diffusion in a diblock copolymer melt in the body-centered cubic phase

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    Papadakis, C.M.; Rittig, F.; Almdal, K.

    2004-01-01

    The structure and dynamics of a strongly asymmetric poly(ethylene propylene)poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS) diblock copolymer in the melt have been studied over a wide temperature range. Small-angle neutron scattering reveals that the sample exhibits two stable phases in this temperature range...

  5. Sol-Gel-Coated Calix[4]arene Fiber for Solid-Phase Microextraction

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    LiXiu-juan; XiaoRui-min; LiHai-bing; ZengZhao-rui

    2003-01-01

    5, 11, 17, 23-tetra-tert-butyl-25, 27-diethoxy-26, 28-dihydroxycalix [4] arene/hydroxy-terminated silicone oil coated fiber was first prepared and applied for solid-phase microextraction with sol-gel technology. The properties of the new coating were investigated by analysis of benzene derivatives, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic amines.The fiber is characterized by good sensitivity and selectivity to these aromatics. The fiber has stable performance at a high temperature of 380℃ and after a long solvent immersing,thus its lifetime is very long. It shows good fiber-to-fiber and batch-to-batch reproducibility. Furthermore, broad linear ranges and low detection limits are also its characteristics.

  6. Sol-Gel-Coated Calix[4]arene Fiber for Solid-Phase Microextraction

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    Li Xiu-juan; Xiao Rui-min; Li Hai-bing; Zeng Zhao-rui

    2003-01-01

    5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25, 27-diethoxy-26, 28-dihydroxycalix [4] arene /hydroxy-terminated silicone oil coated fiber was first prepared and applied for solid-phase microextraction with sol-gel technology. The properties of the new coating were investigated by analysis of benzene derivatives, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic amines. The fiber is characterized by good sensitivity and selectivity to these aromatics. The fiber has stable performance at a high temperature of 380℃ and after a long solvent immersing, thus its lifetime is very long. It shows good fiber-to-fiber and batch-to-batch reproducibility. Furthermore, broad linear ranges and low detection limits are also its characteristics.

  7. Changes in the myosin secondary structure and shrimp surimi gel strength induced by dense phase carbon dioxide.

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    Guo, Minghui; Liu, Shucheng; Ismail, Marliya; Farid, Mohammed M; Ji, Hongwu; Mao, Weijie; Gao, Jing; Li, Chengyong

    2017-07-15

    Dense phase carbon dioxide (DPCD) could induce protein conformation changes. Myosin and shrimp surimi from Litopenaeus vannamei were treated with DPCD at 5-25MPa and 40-60°C for 20min. Myosin secondary structure was investigated by circular dichroism and shrimp surimi gel strength was determined using textural analysis to develop correlations between them. DPCD had a greater effect on secondary structure and gel strength than heating. With increasing pressure and temperature, the α-helix content of DPCD-treated myosin decreased, while the β-sheet, β-turn and random coil contents increased, and the shrimp surimi gel strength increased. The α-helix content was negatively correlated with gel strength, while the β-sheet, β-turn and random coil contents were positively correlated with gel strength. Therefore, when DPCD induced myosin to form a gel, the α-helix of myosin was unfolded and gradually converted to a β-sheet. Such transformations led to protein-protein interactions and cross-linking, which formed a three-dimensional network to enhance the gel strength.

  8. Matrix molecularly imprinted mesoporous sol-gel sorbent for efficient solid-phase extraction of chloramphenicol from milk.

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    Samanidou, Victoria; Kehagia, Maria; Kabir, Abuzar; Furton, Kenneth G

    2016-03-31

    Highly selective and efficient chloramphenicol imprinted sol-gel silica based inorganic polymeric sorbent (sol-gel MIP) was synthesized via matrix imprinting approach for the extraction of chloramphenicol in milk. Chloramphenicol was used as the template molecule, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) and triethoxyphenylsilane (TEPS) as the functional precursors, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the cross-linker, isopropanol as the solvent/porogen, and HCl as the sol-gel catalyst. Non-imprinted sol-gel polymer (sol-gel NIP) was synthesized under identical conditions in absence of template molecules for comparison purpose. Both synthesized materials were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, which unambiguously confirmed their significant structural and morphological differences. The synthesized MIP and NIP materials were evaluated as sorbents for molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) of chloramphenicol in milk. The effect of critical extraction parameters (flow rate, elution solvent, sample and eluent volume, selectivity coefficient, retention capacity) was studied in terms of retention and desorption of chloramphenicol. Competition and cross reactivity tests have proved that sol-gel MIP sorbent possesses significantly higher specific retention and enrichment capacity for chloramphenicol compared to its non-imprinted analogue. The maximum imprinting factor (IF) was found as 9.7, whereas the highest adsorption capacity of chloramphenicol by sol-gel MIP was 23 mg/g. The sol-gel MIP was found to be adequately selective towards chloramphenicol to provide the necessary minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0.3 μg/kg set forth by European Commission after analysis by LC-MS even without requiring time consuming solvent evaporation and sample reconstitution step, often considered as an integral part in solid phase extraction work-flow. Intra and

  9. Ab initio study of mechanical and thermo-acoustic properties of tough ceramics: applications to HfO{sub 2} in its cubic and orthorhombic phase

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    Ponce, C A [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, y Naturales y Agrimensura, UNNE, Campus Universitario, Avenida Libertad 5600, CP 3400, Corrientes (Argentina); Casali, R A [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, y Naturales y Agrimensura, UNNE, Campus Universitario, Avenida Libertad 5600, CP 3400, Corrientes (Argentina); Caravaca, M A [Departamento de Fisico, Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, UNNE, Avenida Las Heras 727, CP 3500, Resistencia (Argentina)

    2008-01-30

    By means of the ab initio all-electron new full-potential linear-muffin-tin orbitals method, calculations were made for elastic constants C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44} for Si, ZrO{sub 2} and HfO{sub 2} in their cubic phase, and constants C{sub 11}, C{sub 22}, C{sub 33}, C{sub 12}, C{sub 13}, C{sub 23}, C{sub 44}, C{sub 55} and C{sub 66} for HfO{sub 2} in its orthorhombic phase. Using the Voigt and Reuss theory, estimations were made for polycrystals of their bulk, shear and Young moduli, and Poisson coefficients. The speed of elastic wave propagations and Debye temperatures were estimated for polycrystals built from Si and the above mentioned compounds. The semicore 4f{sup 14} electrons should be included in the valence set of Hf atom in this all-electron approach if accurate results for elastic properties under pressures are looked for.

  10. Thermal conductivity of wurtzite and zinc blende cubic phases of BeO from ab initio calculations

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    Malakkal, Linu; Szpunar, Barbara; Siripurapu, Ravi Kiran; Zuniga, Juan Carlos; Szpunar, Jerzy A.

    2017-03-01

    The structural, mechanical, thermal and thermodynamic properties of Beryllium oxide (BeO) in the zinc blende (ZB) and wurtzite (WZ) form have been calculated using the density functional theory (DFT) in the general gradient approximation (GGA). The ground state structural and elastic properties of wurtzite BeO (w-BeO) is calculated using the new GGA ultrasoft pseudopotentials for solids (pbesol); the simulated results have shown excellent agreement with the experiments. The thermodynamic properties are studied using quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA), and the predicted properties agree well for the WZ phase for which the experimental data are available, while for ZB phase it remains to be validated with future experiments. Both Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) and Slack model were used to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity of wurtzite BeO (w-BeO). Furthermore, the thermal conductivity along the crystallographic 'a' and 'c' axis of wurtzite BeO is investigated using BTE. Our calculation of w-BeO agrees well with the available experimental measurements. Apart from these studies on w-BeO, we have also compared the mechanical, structural and phonon dispersions of z-BeO with previously reported theoretical studies. Additionally we report the volume thermal expansion and the heat capacity at constant pressure of z-BeO for the first time and the bulk thermal conductivity of zinc blende BeO (z-BeO) using BTE.

  11. Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia-Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography

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    McLean, Michael M.

    The first chapter of this thesis presents an introduction to sol-gel methodology whose usefulness as a synthetic route will be demonstrated with two applications in chromatography. The first application involves the fabrication of a capillary micro-extraction (CME) device by coating a phenyl functionalized extracting phase on the inner surface of a fused silica capillary for analyte pre-concentration. The device was coupled on-line to a RP-HPLC system and practicality was demonstrated using allergens as target analytes. The allergens chosen as model analytes are typically found in fragrance products and food. Most of the 26 fragrance allergens that are monitored by various government authorities have a phenyl organic moiety (a strong chromophore), thus making them appropriate probes for exploring the extraction efficiency of the coating using a UV detector. The CME device showed ppt level limit of detection which makes it suitable for trace analyses of allergens and similar compounds in a variety of matrices. The second application explores the feasibility of using sol-gel derived chromia-based stationary phase in gas chromatographic columns. The organic moiety of the stationary phase was derived from Ucon 75-H-90,000 while the inorganic backbone was prepared using chromium(III) dichloride hydroxide - methacrylic acid - aqua complex, 40% in isopropanol/acetone . Usefulness of prepared chromia-based GC stationary phase was examined for petrochemical application. Promising results were obtained using aliphatic-aromatics, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, BTEX test mixture, cycloalkanes, branched alkanes and akylbenzenes. The column was able to perform without degradation despite being rinsed multiples times sequentially with the following solvents: dichloromethane, methanol, water and finally methanol again. Maximum theoretical plate number calculated is around 2,400 plates/m. The plate number clearly needs improvement but is a promising result for the newly explored

  12. An analysis of the phonon dispersion curves of lead hafnate in the cubic phase using lattice-dynamical models

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    Roman G. Burkovsky

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available We have analyzed the phonon dispersion curves in the paraelectric phase of a lead hafnate crystal (PbHfO3 by means of two different lattice-dynamical models. Both the rigid-ion model and the shell one provided an acceptable description of the available experimental data. The atomic displacement patterns were qualitatively different for the two models. In the rigid-ion model the motion in the characteristic low-energy flattened transverse acoustic branch contained both lead and hafnium displacements, while for the shell model it corresponded mainly to lead displacements with the small contribution of oxygen displacements. The shell model allows simultaneous description of the phonon dispersion curves and the correct value of the dielectric constant.

  13. Synthesis of single phase cubic Al-substituted Li{sub 7}La{sub 3}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 12} by solid state lithiation of mixed hydroxides

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    Langer, Frederieke; Glenneberg, Jens [University of Bremen, Innovative Sensor and Functional Materials Research Group, Badgasteiner Str. 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Bardenhagen, Ingo [Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials – IFAM, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Kun, Robert, E-mail: robert.kun@uni-bremen.de [University of Bremen, Innovative Sensor and Functional Materials Research Group, Badgasteiner Str. 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials – IFAM, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Soft chemistry synthesis of pure phase cubic-LLZ solid electrolyte. • Solid state lithiation of hydroxide precipitates. • Homogeneous distribution of constituting elements in the product. • Temperature dependent Li-ion conductivity of the LLZ was characterized. - Abstract: Substituted Li{sub 7}La{sub 3}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 12} (LLZ) with cubic garnet type structure is a promising candidate for solid state electrolyte in all-solid-state batteries. Here we present a novel synthesis route to obtain single phase cubic Al-substituted LLZ. The two step method consists of a co-precipitation of metal hydroxides from aqueous solution as well as solid-state lithiation and crystallization of the dried precipitate. Morphology and chemical composition of precipitated particles were investigated with SEM and EDS. Phase composition of calcined powder was confirmed to be pure phase cubic LLZ via XRD. The temperature dependent lithium ion conduction of a sintered pellet was determined to be 6.3 · 10{sup −5} S/cm at 353 K with an activation energy of 0.58 eV.

  14. CLASSIFICATION OF CUBIC PARAMETERIZED HOMOGENEOUS VECTOR FIELDS

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    Karnal H.Yasir; TANG Yun

    2002-01-01

    In this paper the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields are studied.The classification of the phase portrait near the critical point is presented. This classification is an extension of the result given by Takens to the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields with six parameters.

  15. CLASSIFICATION OF CUBIC PARAMETERIZED HOMOGENEOUS VECTOR FIELDS

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    KamalH.Yasir; TNAGYun

    2002-01-01

    In this paper the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields are studied.The classification of the phase portrait near the critical point is presented.This classification is an extension of the result given by takens to the cubic homogeneous parameterized vector fields with six parameters.

  16. Effect of Peptization on Densification and Phase-Transformation Behavior of Sol–Gel-Derived Nanostructured Titania

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    Kumar, Krishnankutty-Nair P.; Kumar, Jalajakumari; Keizer, Klaas

    1994-01-01

    Porosity reduction, packing, pore-size distribution, and anatase to rutile phase transformation behavior of nanostructured titania ceramics prepared from both peptized and unpeptized sols were studied and compared using XRD, DSC, and nitrogen-gas physisorption techniques. Precursor gels prepared fro

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure, and bonding analysis of the hypoelectronic cubic phase Ca5Pd6Ge6.

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    Doverbratt, Isa; Ponou, Siméon; Wang, Fei; Lidin, Sven

    2015-09-21

    The title compound, Ca5Pd6Ge6, was obtained during a systematic investigation of the Ca-Pd-Ge ternary phase diagram. The crystal structure was determined and refined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. It crystallizes in a new structure variant of the Y4PdGa12-type structure (Im3̅m, a = 8.7764(4) Å) that features an arrangement of vertex-sharing body-centered cubes of calcium, Ca@Ca8, with a hierarchical bcc network, interpenetrating a second (Pd6Ge6) network consisting of Ge2 dumbbells surrounded by Pd in a strongly flattened octahedron with Pd(μ(2)-η(2),η(4)-Ge2)-like motifs. These octahedra are condensed through the Pd to form a 3D open fcc network. Theoretical band structure calculations suggested that the compound is hypoelectronic with predominantly multicenter-type interatomic interactions involving all three elements and essentially a Hume-Rothery-like regime of electronic stabilization. The similar electronegativity between germanium and palladium atoms has a decisive impact on the bonding picture of the system.

  18. Phase boundary between cubic B1 and rhombohedral structures in (Mg,Fe)O magnesiowüstite determined by in situ X-ray diffraction measurements

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    Dymshits, Anna M.; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Shatskiy, Anton; Chanyshev, Artem D.; Podborodnikov, Ivan V.; Higo, Yuji

    2017-06-01

    The phase relations and equation of state of (Mg0.08Fe0.92)O magnesiowüstite (Mw92) have been studied using the Kawai-type high-pressure apparatus coupled with synchrotron radiation. To determine the phase boundary between the NaCl-type cubic (B1) and rhombohedral (rB1) structures in Mw92, in situ X-ray observations were carried out at pressures of 0-35 GPa and temperatures of 300-1473 K. Au and MgO were used as the internal pressure markers and metallic Fe as oxygen fugacity buffer. The phase boundary between B1 and rB1 structures was described by a linear equation P (GPa) = 1.6 + 0.033 × T (K). The Clapeyron slope (dP/dT) determined in this study is close to that obtained at pressures above 70 GPa but steeper than that obtained for FeO. An addition of MgO to FeO structure expands the stability field of the rB1 phase to lower pressures and higher temperatures. Thus, the rB1 phase may be stabilized with respect to the B1 phase at a lower pressures. The pressure-volume-temperature equation of state of B1-Mw92 was determined up to 30 GPa and 1473 K. Fitting the hydrostatic compression data up to 30 GPa with the Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EoS) yielded: unit cell volume (V 0,T0), 79.23 ± 4 Å3; bulk modulus (K 0,T0), 183 ± 4 GPa; its pressure derivative (K' T ), 4.1 ± 0.4; (∂K 0,T /∂T) = -0.029 ± 0.005 GPa K‒1; a = 3.70 ± 0.27 × 10-5 K-1 and b = 0.47 ± 0.49 × 10-8 K-2, where α0,T = a + bT is the volumetric thermal expansion coefficient. The obtained bulk modulus of Mw92 is very close to the value expected for stoichiometric iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O. This result confirms the idea that the bulk modulus of (Mg,Fe)O is greatly affected by the actual defect structure, caused by either Mg2+ or vacancies.

  19. The effects of pressure and temperature on the energetics and pivotal surface in a monoacylglycerol/water gyroid inverse bicontinuous cubic phase.

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    Tang, T-Y Dora; Seddon, Annela M; Jeworrek, Christoph; Winter, Roland; Ces, Oscar; Seddon, John M; Templer, Richard H

    2014-05-07

    We have studied the effect of pressure and temperature on the location of the pivotal surface in a lipid inverse bicontinuous gyroid cubic phase (Q(G)(II)), described by the area at the pivotal surface (An), the volume between the pivotal surface and the bilayer midplane (Vn), and the molecular volume of the lipid (V). Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to measure the swelling behaviour of the lipid, monolinolein, as a function of pressure and temperature, and the data were fitted to two different geometric models: the parallel interface model (PIM), and the constant mean curvature model (CMCM). The results show that an increase in temperature leads to a shift in the location of the pivotal surface towards the bilayer midplane, whilst an increase in pressure causes the pivotal surface to move towards the interfacial region. In addition, we describe the relevance of An, Vn and V for modeling the energetics of curved mesophases with specific reference to the mean curvature at the pivotal surface and discuss the significance of this parameter for modelling the energetics of curved mesophases.

  20. Effect of substitution of hydrogen oxide by deuterium oxide on thermotropic transition between the interdigitated gel phase and the ripple phase of dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine

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    Ohki, K. (Nagoya Univ. (Japan))

    1991-01-15

    Thermotropic transitions of dihexadecylphosphatidylcholine (DHPC) dispersions in hydrogen oxide (1H2O) and deuterium oxide (2H2O) were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In DHPC dispersions, transition temperature between interdigitated gel phase (L beta I) and ripple phase (P beta') is lower in 2H2O than in 1H2O, and transition between the ripple phase (P beta') and fluid phase (L alpha) in 2H2O occurs at a temperature slightly higher than in 1H2O. In dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) dispersions, on the other hand, transition temperature between lamellar gel phase (L beta') and ripple phase is higher in 2H2O than in 1H2O. These results suggest that the interdigitated gel phase is more stable in 1H2O than in 2H2O. To account for the shift of transition temperature by the water substitution, difference of interfacial energies between these aqueous environments is discussed.

  1. Cubic III-nitrides: potential photonic materials

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    Onabe, K.; Sanorpim, S.; Kato, H.; Kakuda, M.; Nakamura, T.; Nakamura, K.; Kuboya, S.; Katayama, R.

    2011-01-01

    The growth and characterization of some cubic III-nitride films on suitable cubic substrates have been done, namely, c- GaN on GaAs by MOVPE, c-GaN and c-AlGaN on MgO by RF-MBE, and c-InN and c-InGaN (In-rich) on YSZ by RFMBE. This series of study has been much focused on the cubic-phase purity as dependent on the respective growth conditions and resulting electrical and optical properties. For c-GaN and c-InN films, a cubic-phase purity higher than 95% is attained in spite of the metastable nature of the cubic III-nitrides. However, for c-AlGaN and c-InGaN films, the cubic-phase purity is rapidly degraded with significant incorporation of the hexagonal phase through stacking faults on cubic {111} faces which may be exposed on the roughened growing or substrate surface. It has been shown that the electron mobilities in c-GaN and c-AlGaN films are much related to phase purity.

  2. Sol-gel molecularly imprinted polymer for selective solid phase microextraction of organophosphorous pesticides.

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    Wang, Yu-Long; Gao, Yuan-Li; Wang, Pei-Pei; Shang, Huan; Pan, Si-Yi; Li, Xiu-Juan

    2013-10-15

    A sol-gel technique was applied for the preparation of water-compatible molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for solid phase microextraction (SPME) using diazinon as template and polyethylene glycol as functional monomer. The MIP-coated fiber demonstrated much better selectivity to diazinon and its structural analogs in aqueous cucumber sample than in distilled water, indicating its potential in real samples. Thanks to its specific adsorption as well as rough and porous surface, the coating revealed rather larger extraction capability than the non-imprinted polymer and commercial fibers. In addition, the fiber exhibited excellent thermal (about 350°C) and chemical stability (organic and inorganic). After optimization of several parameters affecting extraction efficiency, a method based on MIP-SPME combined with gas chromatography was developed for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) in vegetable samples. The limits of detection for the tested OPPs were in the range of 0.017-0.77 μg kg(-1). The proposed method was applied to evaluate OPPs in spiked cucumber, green pepper, Chinese cabbage, eggplant and lettuce samples, and recoveries of 81.2-113.5% were obtained by the standard addition method with three spiking levels in each kind of vegetable.

  3. Matrix molecularly imprinted mesoporous sol–gel sorbent for efficient solid-phase extraction of chloramphenicol from milk

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    Samanidou, Victoria, E-mail: samanidu@chem.auth.gr [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Kehagia, Maria [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Kabir, Abuzar, E-mail: akabir@fiu.edu [International Forensic Research Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL (United States); Furton, Kenneth G. [International Forensic Research Institute, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University, Miami, FL (United States)

    2016-03-31

    Highly selective and efficient chloramphenicol imprinted sol–gel silica based inorganic polymeric sorbent (sol–gel MIP) was synthesized via matrix imprinting approach for the extraction of chloramphenicol in milk. Chloramphenicol was used as the template molecule, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) and triethoxyphenylsilane (TEPS) as the functional precursors, tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS) as the cross-linker, isopropanol as the solvent/porogen, and HCl as the sol–gel catalyst. Non-imprinted sol–gel polymer (sol–gel NIP) was synthesized under identical conditions in absence of template molecules for comparison purpose. Both synthesized materials were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, which unambiguously confirmed their significant structural and morphological differences. The synthesized MIP and NIP materials were evaluated as sorbents for molecularly imprinted solid phase extraction (MISPE) of chloramphenicol in milk. The effect of critical extraction parameters (flow rate, elution solvent, sample and eluent volume, selectivity coefficient, retention capacity) was studied in terms of retention and desorption of chloramphenicol. Competition and cross reactivity tests have proved that sol–gel MIP sorbent possesses significantly higher specific retention and enrichment capacity for chloramphenicol compared to its non-imprinted analogue. The maximum imprinting factor (IF) was found as 9.7, whereas the highest adsorption capacity of chloramphenicol by sol–gel MIP was 23 mg/g. The sol–gel MIP was found to be adequately selective towards chloramphenicol to provide the necessary minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0.3 μg/kg set forth by European Commission after analysis by LC-MS even without requiring time consuming solvent evaporation and sample reconstitution step, often considered as an integral part in solid phase extraction work

  4. Gel formation in suspensions of oppositely charged colloids: mechanism and relation the equilibrium phase diagram

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    Sanz, E.; Leunissen, M.E.; Fortini, A.; van Blaaderen, A.; Dijkstra, M.

    2008-01-01

    We study gel formation in a mixture of equally-sized oppositely charged colloids both experimentally and by means of computer simulations. Both the experiments and the simulations show that the mechanism by which a gel is formed from a dilute, homogeneous suspension is an interrupted gas-liquid phas

  5. Phase separation during silica gel formation followed by time-resolved SAXS

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    Gommes, Cedric J. [Universite de Liege, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Bat B6a, Allee du 6 aout 3, B-4000 Sart Tilman Liege (Belgium)]. E-mail: cedric.gommes@ulg.ac.be; Blacher, Silvia [Universite de Liege, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Bat B6a, Allee du 6 aout 3, B-4000 Sart Tilman Liege (Belgium); Goderis, Bart [Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Laboratorium voor Macromoleculaire Structuurchemie, Celestijnenlann 200F, B-3001 Heverlee (Belgium); Pirard, Jean-Paul [Universite de Liege, Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, Bat B6a, Allee du 6 aout 3, B-4000 Sart Tilman Liege (Belgium)

    2005-08-15

    Time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering data are collected during the formation of silica gels from the base catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol with 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as additives. It is shown that a polymerization-induced spinodal demixing occurs during the gel formation.

  6. An improved bonded-polydimethylsiloxane solid-phase microextraction fiber obtained by a sol-gel/silica particle blend.

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    Azenha, Manuel; Nogueira, Pedro; Fernando-Silva, A

    2008-03-10

    A novel procedure for solid-phase microextraction fiber preparation is presented, which combines the use of a rigid titanium alloy wire as a substrate with a blend of PDMS sol-gel mixture/silica particles, as a way of increasing both the mechanical robustness and the extracting capability of the sol-gel fibers. The approximately 30 microm average thick fibers displayed an improvement in the extraction capacity as compared to the previous sol-gel PDMS fibers, due to a greater load of stable covalently bonded sol-gel PDMS. The observed extraction capacity was comparable to that of 100 microm non-bonded PDMS fiber, having in this case the advantages of the superior robustness and stability conferred, respectively, by the unbreakable substrate and the sol-gel intrinsic characteristics. Repeatability (n=3) ranged 1-8% while fiber production reproducibility (n=3) ranged 15-25%. The presence of the silica particles was found to have no direct influence on the kinetics and mechanism of the extraction process, thus being possible to consider the new procedure as a refinement of the previous ones. The applicability potential of the devised fiber was illustrated with the analysis of gasoline under the context of arson samples.

  7. Preparation of chitosan-graft-(β-cyclodextrin) based sol-gel stationary phase for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography.

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    Lü, Haixia; Li, Qingyin; Yu, Xiaowei; Yi, Jiaojiao; Xie, Zenghong

    2013-07-01

    A novel open-tubular CEC column coated with chitosan-graft-(β-CD) (CDCS) was prepared using sol-gel technique. In the sol-gel approach, owing to the 3D network of sol-gel and the strong chemical bond between the stationary phase and the surface of capillary columns, good chromatographic characteristics and unique selectivity in separating isomers were shown. The column efficiencies of 55,000∼163,000 plates/m for the isomeric xanthopterin and phenoxy acid herbicides using the sol-gel-derived CDCS columns were achieved. Good stabilities were demonstrated that the RSD values for the retention time of thiourea and isoxanthopterin were 1.3 and 1.4% (run to run, n = 5), 1.6 and 2.0% (day to day, n = 3), 2.9 and 3.1% (column to column, n = 3), respectively. The sol-gel-coated CDCS columns have shown improved separations of isomeric xanthopterin in comparison with CDCS-bonded capillary column.

  8. An immersed boundary method for two-phase fluids and gels and the swimming of Caenorhabditis elegans through viscoelastic fluids

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    Lee, Pilhwa; Wolgemuth, Charles W.

    2016-01-01

    The swimming of microorganisms typically involves the undulation or rotation of thin, filamentary objects in a fluid or other medium. Swimming in Newtonian fluids has been examined extensively, and only recently have investigations into microorganism swimming through non-Newtonian fluids and gels been explored. The equations that govern these more complex media are often nonlinear and require computational algorithms to study moderate to large amplitude motions of the swimmer. Here, we develop an immersed boundary method for handling fluid-structure interactions in a general two-phase medium, where one phase is a Newtonian fluid and the other phase is viscoelastic (e.g., a polymer melt or network). We use this algorithm to investigate the swimming of an undulating, filamentary swimmer in 2D (i.e., a sheet). A novel aspect of our method is that it allows one to specify how forces produced by the swimmer are distributed between the two phases of the fluid. The algorithm is validated by comparing theoretical predictions for small amplitude swimming in gels and viscoelastic fluids. We show how the swimming velocity depends on material parameters of the fluid and the interaction between the fluid and swimmer. In addition, we simulate the swimming of Caenorhabditis elegans in viscoelastic fluids and find good agreement between the swimming speeds and fluid flows in our simulations and previous experimental measurements. These results suggest that our methodology provides an accurate means for exploring the physics of swimming through non-Newtonian fluids and gels.

  9. Phase transition from focal conic to cubic smectic blue phase in partially fluorinated cyano-phenyl alkyl benzoate ester doped with ultrahigh twisting power chiral dopant

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    Blue phase liquid crystal (BPLC) has important applications in adaptive lenses and phase modulators due to its polarization-independent property. During our efforts for development of the new materials, we found a novel phenomenology of phase transition, from focal conic smectic to smectic blue phase in a partially fluorinated cyanophenyl alkyl benzoate ester based nematic liquid crystal (LCM-5773) doped by ultra-high twisting power [H.T.P~160 um^-1] chiral dopant (R5011/3 wt%). Polarized optical microscopy (POM) investigations revealed focal conic and fan-shaped textures typical for columnar mesophases. These focal conic domains (FCDs) are squeezed under electric field and finally at a critical electric field they undergo a dark state. When the electric field is withdrawn, the FCDs are regrown in a one dimensional array with smaller domain size. Interestingly, we have observed the domain size of the FCDs can grow several times by decreasing the cooling rate (0.02 degrees(C)/min.) ten times without any change...

  10. Enhancement of red upconversion emission of cubic phase NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 3+} nanocrystals

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    Gao, Wei, E-mail: gaowei@xupt.edu.com; Dong, Jun, E-mail: dongjun@xupt.edu.cn; Liu, Jihong; Yan, Xuewen

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • The upconversion emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was tuned from green to red. • The upconversion mechanism of Ho{sup 3+} ions was discussed based on emission spectrum. • The conversion efficiency between Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} were studied and calculated. - Abstract: The red upconversion emission of lanthanide-doped fluoride nanocrystals have great potential applications in color display and anticounterfeiting applications, especially for biological imaging and biomedical. In this work, a significant enhancement of red upconversion emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was successfully obtained in the cubic phase NaLuF{sub 4} nanocrystals through codoping Ce{sup 3+} ions under NIR 980 nm excitation. The ratio of red-to-green emission of Ho{sup 3+} ions was enhanced about 10-fold, which is due to two efficient cross relaxation processes derived from Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} ions promoted the red emission and quenched the green emission. The upconversion emission and luminescent colors of NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+} nanocrystals were carefully investigated by a confocal microscopy setup. The possible upconversion emission mechanism and conversion efficiency of cross relaxation between Ho{sup 3+} and Ce{sup 3+} ions were discussed in detail. The current study suggests that strong red emission of NaLuF{sub 4}: Yb{sup 3+}/Ho{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 3+} nanomaterials can be used for color display and anticounterfeiting techniques.

  11. Effect of substrates on phase formation in PMN-PT 68/32 thin films by sol-gel process

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    Kumar, P. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008 (India)], E-mail: pvn77@rediffmail.com; Sonia; Patel, R.K. [Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008 (India); Prakash, C. [DRDO Bhawan, Rajaji Marg, New Delhi 110011 (India); Goel, T.C. [BITS Pilani-Goa Campus, Goa 403720 (India)

    2008-07-15

    PMN-PT 68/32 thin films have been prepared on Pt/Si, ITO coated glass, stainless steel and silicon substrates in the identical processing conditions by sol-gel process. Annealing temperature of 600 deg. C was ascertained by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) study of the dried sol-gel powder of PMNT-PT 68/32 composition. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study showed {approx}95% perovskite phase formation on Pt/Si and ITO coated glass substrates. SEM micrographs showed the formation of sub micron size grains on Pt/Si and ITO coated glass substrates. Diffuse phase transition with transition temperature (T{sub c}) {approx}190 deg. C was observed in 0.8 {mu}m thick PMN-PT 68/32 films deposited on Pt/Si and ITO coated glass substrates.

  12. Evidence for a cubic-to-icosahedral transition of quasi-free Pd-H-clusters controlled by the hydrogen content . On the phase transitions in Pd-H-clusters

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    Pundt, A.; Dornheim, M.; Guerdane, M.; Teichler, H.; Ehrenberg, H.; Reetz, M. T.; Jisrawi, N. M.

    2002-06-01

    An in situ synchrotron radiation study of quasi-free five nanometer-sized palladium clusters during hydrogen absorption is combined with molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the structural development. In the diffraction patterns, strong intensity changes are found that provide evidence for a structural phase transformation that is significantly different from the α α' Pd H bulk phase transition. The structural transition is reversible and driven by the hydrogen concentration. The intensity changes are consistent with a cubic-to-icosahedral structural phase transition obtained in molecular dynamical simulations using embedded-atom-method potentials.

  13. Low temperature formation of higher-k cubic phase HfO{sub 2} by atomic layer deposition on GeO{sub x}/Ge structures fabricated by in-situ thermal oxidation

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    Zhang, R., E-mail: zhang@mosfet.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp [School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Department of Information Science and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Huang, P.-C.; Taoka, N.; Yokoyama, M.; Takenaka, M.; Takagi, S. [School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-11-16 Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan)

    2016-02-01

    We have demonstrated a low temperature formation (300 °C) of higher-k HfO{sub 2} using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on an in-situ thermal oxidation GeO{sub x} interfacial layer. It is found that the cubic phase is dominant in the HfO{sub 2} film with an epitaxial-like growth behavior. The maximum permittivity of 42 is obtained for an ALD HfO{sub 2} film on a 1-nm-thick GeO{sub x} form by the in-situ thermal oxidation. It is suggested from physical analyses that the crystallization of cubic phase HfO{sub 2} can be induced by the formation of six-fold crystalline GeO{sub x} structures in the underlying GeO{sub x} interfacial layer.

  14. Wear characteristics of second-phase-reinforced sol-gel corundum abrasives

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    Mayer, Joachim [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy (GFE), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany)]. E-mail: mayer@gfe.rwth-aachen.de; Engelhorn, Robert [Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Bot, Rosemarie [Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Weirich, Thomas [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy (GFE), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Herwartz, Cleo [Central Facility for Electron Microscopy (GFE), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany); Klocke, Fritz [Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen University, 52056 Aachen (Germany)

    2006-08-15

    The use of sol-gel technologies makes it possible to manufacture new corundum-based abrasives with superior performance in terms of grinding processes. The aim of the present work is to reveal the detailed wear mechanisms on a nanometre scale and relate them to the particular microstructure of these new materials. A commercial sol-gel corundum (Cubitron 321{sup TM}) was used. In the grinding experiments, wheels consisting of four different mixtures with 0%, 30%, 50% and 100% of sol-gel corundum were used to machine a tool steel (100Cr6V) by plane grinding. Changes to the contact zone were studied after controlled abrasion experiments on hard steel substrates using a pin-on-wheel tribometer, in single grit scratch tests and after tests of resistance to heat shock. Cross-sections through contact areas of a sol-gel grain were prepared using a focused ion beam workstation and investigated using conventional and analytical transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that the combined effect of controlled propagation of subsurface shear cracks and plastic deformation leads to the formation of flat contact zones. On these contact zones, a nanocrystalline FeO debris layer adheres to the alumina. The results of our investigations were verified in grinding experiments and give insight into the physical reasons of the superior tribological properties of the sol-gel corundum abrasives.

  15. Formation and properties of reverse micellar cubic liquid crystals and derived emulsions.

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    Rodríguez-Abreu, Carlos; Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Varade, Dharmesh; Aramaki, Kenji; Maestro, Alicia; Quintela, Arturo López; Solans, Conxita

    2007-10-23

    The structure of the reverse micellar cubic (I2) liquid crystal and the adjacent micellar phase in amphiphilic block copolymer/water/oil systems has been studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), rheometry, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Upon addition of water to the copolymer/oil mixture, spherical micelles are formed and grow in size until a disorder-order transition takes place, which is related to a sudden increase in the viscosity and shear modulus. The transition is driven by the packing of the spherical micelles into a Fd3m cubic lattice. The single-phase I2 liquid crystals show gel-like behavior and elastic moduli higher than 104 Pa, as determined by oscillatory measurements. Further addition of water induces phase separation, and it is found that reverse water-in-oil emulsions with high internal phase ratio and stabilized by I2 liquid crystals can be prepared in the two-phase region. Contrary to liquid-liquid emulsions, both the elastic modulus and the viscosity decrease with the fraction of dispersed water, due to a decrease in the crystalline fraction in the sample, although the reverse emulsions remain gel-like even at high volume fractions of the dispersed phase. A temperature induced order-disorder transition can be detected by calorimetry and rheometry. Upon heating the I2 liquid crystals, two thermal events associated with small enthalpy values were detected: one endothermic, related to the "melting" of the liquid crystal, and the other exothermic, attributed to phase separation. The melting of the liquid crystal is associated with a sudden drop in viscosity and shear moduli. Results are relevant for understanding the formation of cubic-phase-based reverse emulsions and for their application as templates for the synthesis of structured materials.

  16. A Phase 1 Randomized, Open Label, Rectal Safety, Acceptability, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Study of Three Formulations of Tenofovir 1% Gel (the CHARM-01 Study.

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    Ian Mcgowan

    Full Text Available The CHARM-01 study characterized the safety, acceptability, pharmacokinetics (PK, and pharmacodynamics (PD of three tenofovir (TFV gels for rectal application. The vaginal formulation (VF gel was previously used in the CAPRISA 004 and VOICE vaginal microbicide Phase 2B trials and the RMP-02/MTN-006 Phase 1 rectal safety study. The reduced glycerin VF (RGVF gel was used in the MTN-007 Phase 1 rectal microbicide trial and is currently being evaluated in the MTN-017 Phase 2 rectal microbicide trial. A third rectal specific formulation (RF gel was also evaluated in the CHARM-01 study.Participants received 4 mL of the three TFV gels in a blinded, crossover design: seven daily doses of RGVF, seven daily doses of RF, and six daily doses of placebo followed by one dose of VF, in a randomized sequence. Safety, acceptability, compartmental PK, and explant PD were monitored throughout the trial.All three gels were found to be safe and acceptable. RF and RGVF PK were not significantly different. Median mucosal mononuclear cell (MMC TFV-DP trended toward higher values for RF compared to RGVF (1136 and 320 fmol/106 cells respectively. Use of each gel in vivo was associated with significant inhibition of ex vivo colorectal tissue HIV infection. There was also a significant negative correlation between the tissue levels of TFV, tissue TFV-DP, MMC TFV-DP, rectal fluid TFV, and explant HIV-1 infection.All three formulations were found to be safe and acceptable. However, the safety profile of the VF gel was only based on exposure to one dose whereas participants received seven doses of the RGVF and RF gels. There was a trend towards higher tissue MMC levels of TFV-DP associated with use of the RF gel. Use of all gels was associated with significant inhibition of ex vivo tissue HIV infection.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01575405.

  17. Cubic Subalgebras and Cubic Closed Ideals of B-algebras

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    Tapan Senapati

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the concept of cubic set to subalgebras, ideals and closed ideals of B-algebras are introduced. Relations among cubic subalgebras with cubic ideals and cubic closed ideals of B-algebras investigated. The homomorphic image and inverse image of cubic subalgebras, ideals are studied and some related properties are investigated. Also, the product of cubic B-algebras are investigated.

  18. Ionic conductivity through thermoresponsive polymer gel: ordering matters.

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    Soni, Saurabh S; Fadadu, Kishan B; Gibaud, Alain

    2012-01-10

    Thermoreversible polymer gel has been prepared using PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer (Pluronic F77) which self-assembles into different microcrystalline phases like cubic, 2D-hexagonal, and lamellar. Addition of electrolyte (LiI/I(2)) converts the gel into a polymer gel electrolyte (PGE) which exhibits microphase-dependent ionic conductivity. The crystalline phases have been identified by SAXS as a function of the polymer concentration. It is found that the optimum value for the ionic conductivity (≈1 × 10(-3) S x cm(-1)) is achieved in the Im3m phase due to faster diffusion of ions through the 3D-interconnected micellar nanochannels. This fact is further supported by FTIR study, ionic transference number, and diffusion coefficient measurements.

  19. Solid phase extraction using silica gel modified with murexide for preconcentration of uranium (VI) ions from water samples

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    Sadeghi, S. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Birjand University, Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: ssadeghi@birjand.ac.ir; Sheikhzadeh, E. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Birjand University, Birjand (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-04-30

    Murexide was chemically bonded to silica gel surface immobilized 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APMS) to produce the new sorbent. A solid phase extraction method using the new sorbent has been developed to separate and concentrate trace amount of uranium (VI) from aqueous samples for the measurement by spectrophotometry method using Arsenazo III reagent. The influences of some analytical parameters on the quantitative recoveries of the analyte were investigated both in batch and column methods. Quantitative recovery of U(VI) was achieved by stripping with 0.1 mol L{sup -1} HCl. The maximum sorption capacity of the modified silica gel was 1.13 mmol g{sup -1} U(VI). A high preconcentration factor value of 400 with a lower limit of detection of 1 {mu}g L{sup -1} was obtained for U(VI). The practical applicability of the developed sorbent was examined using synthetic and real samples such as sea/ground water samples.

  20. Solid phase extraction using silica gel modified with murexide for preconcentration of uranium (VI) ions from water samples.

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    Sadeghi, S; Sheikhzadeh, E

    2009-04-30

    Murexide was chemically bonded to silica gel surface immobilized 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APMS) to produce the new sorbent. A solid phase extraction method using the new sorbent has been developed to separate and concentrate trace amount of uranium (VI) from aqueous samples for the measurement by spectrophotometry method using Arsenazo III reagent. The influences of some analytical parameters on the quantitative recoveries of the analyte were investigated both in batch and column methods. Quantitative recovery of U(VI) was achieved by stripping with 0.1 mol L(-1) HCl. The maximum sorption capacity of the modified silica gel was 1.13 mmol g(-1) U(VI). A high preconcentration factor value of 400 with a lower limit of detection of 1 microg L(-1) was obtained for U(VI). The practical applicability of the developed sorbent was examined using synthetic and real samples such as sea/ground water samples.

  1. Phase transformation of nanostructured titanium dioxide from anatase-to-rutile via combined ultrasound assisted sol-gel technique.

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    Prasad, Krishnamurthy; Pinjari, D V; Pandit, A B; Mhaske, S T

    2010-02-01

    An effort was made to synthesize nanostructured TiO(2) via sol-gel technique to obtain a 100% rutile polymorph of nanostructured TiO(2). The sol-gel synthesis technique was suitably modified by incorporating ultrasound to study the effect of cavitation on the phase transformation, crystallite size, crystallinity and morphological (scanning electron microscopy) properties of the obtained nano-TiO(2). It was observed that using ultrasound, yield of the nano-TiO(2) was improved from 86.35% to 95.078%. The phase transformation of anatase-to-rutile of TiO(2) was studied for both (ultrasound assisted and conventional) the processes. Complete phase transformation of the TiO(2) was observed as expected with and without the use of ultrasound but the marked reduction in the required calcination temperature for obtaining 100% phase transformation with ultrasound was the major achievement in the present study, leading to 70% energy savings during calcination.

  2. An immersed boundary method for two-phase fluids and gels and the swimming of Caenorhabditis elegans through viscoelastic fluids

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    Lee, Pilhwa; Wolgemuth, Charles

    2016-11-01

    While swimming in Newtonian fluids has been examined extensively, only recently have investigations into microorganism swimming through non-Newtonian fluids and gels been explored. The equations that govern these more complex media are often nonlinear and require computational algorithms to study moderate to large amplitude motions of the swimmer. Here we develop an immersed boundary method for handling fluid-structure interactions in a general two-phase medium, where one phase is a Newtonian fluid and the other phase is viscoelastic. We use this algorithm to investigate the swimming of an undulating, filamentary swimmer in 2D. A novel aspect of our method is that it allows one to specify how forces produced by the swimmer are distributed between the two phases of the fluid. The algorithm is validated by comparison to theoretical predictions for small amplitude swimming in gels and viscoelastic fluids. We show how the swimming velocity depends on material parameters of the fluid and the interaction between the fluid and swimmer. In addition, we simulate the swimming of Caenorhabditis elegans in viscoelastic fluids and find good agreement between the swimming speeds and fluid flows in our simulations and previous experimental measurements. NIH R01 GM072004, NIH P50GM094503.

  3. Mass balance attending gel palagonitization of hyaloclastites in the HSDP 2 Phase 1 core

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    Walton, A. W.; Schiffman, P.; MacPherson, G.

    2002-12-01

    In the HSDP 2 core, the alteration of hyaloclastites is multi-episodic, but the predominant, "normal" alteration process - recorded in samples from depths between 1573 m and the bottom of the hole at over 3000 m - entails the conversion of rinds of sideromelane-rich shards to gel palagonite and growth of pore-filling chabazite. This reaction must occur relatively rapidly, because point-count porosity in the zone of normal alteration approaches zero within 200 m of the top of this zone and remains very low to the deepest samples. Furthermore, thickness of palagonite rinds does not increase down hole. Using modes from point counts on thin sections, major element analyses by electron microprobe, and trace element analyses by LAM-ICPMS, we have modeled the elemental mass balance for the normal palagonitization process in the HSDP hyaloclastites. Petrographic evidence suggests that this reaction does not involve solids other than sideromelane, gel palagonite, and chabazite and that the conversion of sideromelane to gel palagonite is isovolumetric. We used literature values of density: 2.80 g/cc for sideromelane, 2.00 for gel palagonite, and 2.075 for chabazite. The major elemental balance calculated for these conditions, and averaged over 10 samples shows net addition of K2O (by 17%), TiO2 (19%), and water, with net losses of MgO (73%), P2O5 (52%), MnO (29%), CaO (17%), Na2O (36%), SiO2 (19%), FeO (15%), and Al2O3 (18%). Individual samples show similar patterns. Decreasing the gel palagonite density (to 1.9 g/cc) and allowing for a 5% volume decrease reduces the TiO2 uptake (to 8%), but also increases the apparent loss of other "immobile" elements (FeO to 23% and Al2O3 to 22%). Normalized REE patterns for sideromelane versus gel palagonite show no systematic fractionations, although the normal reaction requires net gains on the order of 10-20% for most REEs. HFS elements are enriched in gel palagonite, relative to values in sideromelane, but LIL elements are depleted

  4. Selective Pre-concentration and Solid Phase Extraction of Mercury(Ⅱ) from Natural Water by Silica Gel-loaded(E)-N-(1-Thien-2'-ylethylidene)-1,2-phenylenediamine Phase

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    MOGHIMI Ali

    2007-01-01

    Silica gel-loaded (E)-N-(1-thien-2'-ylethylidene)-1,2-phenylenediamine (TEPDA) phase was synthesized based on physical adsorption approaches. The stability of a chemically modified TEPDA especially in concentrated hydrochloric acid that was then used as a recycling and preconcentration reagent allowed the further uses of silica gel-loadej immobilized TEPDA phase. The application of this silica gel-loaded phase to sorption of a series of metal ions was performed by using different controlling factors such as the pH of the metal ion solution and the equilibration shaking time by the static technique. This difference was interpreted on the basis of selectivity incorporated in these sulfur containing silica gel-loaded TEPDA phases. Hg(Ⅱ) was found to exhibit the highest affinity towards extraction by these silica gel-loaded TEPDA phases. The pronounced selectivity was also confirmed by the determined distribution coefficients (Kd) of all the metal ions, showing the highest value reported for mercury(Ⅱ)extraction by the silica gel immobilized TEPDA phase. The potential applications of the silica gel immobilized TEPDA phase to selective extraction of mercury(Ⅱ) from aqueous solution were successfully accomplished and preconcentration of low concentration of Hg(Ⅱ) (30 pg·mL-1) from natural tap water with a preconcentration factor of 200 for Hg(Ⅱ) off-line analysis was conducted by cold vapor atomic absorption analysis.

  5. A new experimental procedure to obtain titania powders as anatase phase by a sol-gel process

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    Robson Fernandes de Farias

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Titania powders were synthesized by a sol-gel process using titanium tetrabutoxide as precursor. The syntheses were performed in water or in solutions of dimethylformamide (dmf or dimethylsulfoxide (dmso. It is demonstrated, by X-ray diffraction patterns of the synthesized powders, that the samples obtained in dmf or dmso solutions are crystalline (anatase phase with some minor amount of brookite phase, whereas the sample synthesized in water is amorphous. The anatase phase can be obtained independently of any previous or further treatment of the synthesized powder, such as hydrothermal or heat treatment, providing a new, simple, quick and inexpensive route to synthesize anatase powders. From the peak broadening of the anatase (101 diffraction, the crystallite sizes were calculated as 6 nm.

  6. Phase I randomized safety study of twice daily dosing of acidform vaginal gel: candidate antimicrobial contraceptive.

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    Marla J Keller

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Acidform gel, an acid-buffering product that inactivates spermatozoa, may be an effective topical non-hormonal contraceptive. This study was designed to evaluate the safety of vaginal dosing and effects of Acidform on mucosal immune mediators, antimicrobial properties of genital secretions, and vaginal microbiota. METHODS: Thirty-six sexually abstinent U.S. women were randomized to apply Acidform or hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC placebo gel twice daily for 14 consecutive days. Safety was assessed by symptoms and pelvic examination. The impact of gel on mucosal immunity was assessed by quantifying cytokines, chemokines, antimicrobial proteins and antimicrobial activity of genital secretions collected by cervicovaginal lavage (CVL at screening, 2 hours after gel application, and on days 7, 14 and 21. Vaginal microbiota was characterized at enrollment and day 14 using species-specific quantitative PCR assays. RESULTS: The median vaginal and cervical pH was significantly lower 2 hours after application of Acidform and was associated with an increase in the bactericidal activity of CVL against E. coli. However, 65% of women who received Acidform had at least one local adverse event compared with 11% who received placebo (p = 0.002. While there was no increase in inflammatory cytokines or chemokines, CVL concentrations of lactoferrin and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra, an anti-inflammatory protein, were significantly lower following Acidform compared to HEC placebo gel application. There were no significant changes in Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus jensenii in either group but there was a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis in the Acidform group (p = 0.08. CONCLUSIONS: Acidform gel may augment mucosal defense as evidenced by an increase in bactericidal activity of genital secretions against E. coli and a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis colonization. However, Acidform was associated with more irritation than

  7. Phase I Randomized Safety Study of Twice Daily Dosing of Acidform Vaginal Gel: Candidate Antimicrobial Contraceptive

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    Keller, Marla J.; Carpenter, Colleen A.; Lo, Yungtai; Einstein, Mark H.; Liu, Congzhou; Fredricks, David N.; Herold, Betsy C.

    2012-01-01

    Background Acidform gel, an acid-buffering product that inactivates spermatozoa, may be an effective topical non-hormonal contraceptive. This study was designed to evaluate the safety of vaginal dosing and effects of Acidform on mucosal immune mediators, antimicrobial properties of genital secretions, and vaginal microbiota. Methods Thirty-six sexually abstinent U.S. women were randomized to apply Acidform or hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) placebo gel twice daily for 14 consecutive days. Safety was assessed by symptoms and pelvic examination. The impact of gel on mucosal immunity was assessed by quantifying cytokines, chemokines, antimicrobial proteins and antimicrobial activity of genital secretions collected by cervicovaginal lavage (CVL) at screening, 2 hours after gel application, and on days 7, 14 and 21. Vaginal microbiota was characterized at enrollment and day 14 using species-specific quantitative PCR assays. Results The median vaginal and cervical pH was significantly lower 2 hours after application of Acidform and was associated with an increase in the bactericidal activity of CVL against E. coli. However, 65% of women who received Acidform had at least one local adverse event compared with 11% who received placebo (p = 0.002). While there was no increase in inflammatory cytokines or chemokines, CVL concentrations of lactoferrin and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), an anti-inflammatory protein, were significantly lower following Acidform compared to HEC placebo gel application. There were no significant changes in Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus jensenii in either group but there was a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis in the Acidform group (p = 0.08). Conclusions Acidform gel may augment mucosal defense as evidenced by an increase in bactericidal activity of genital secretions against E. coli and a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis colonization. However, Acidform was associated with more irritation than placebo and lower levels

  8. Determination of Aromatic Amines Using Solid-Phase Microextraction Based on an Ionic Liquid-Mediated Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Abbasi, Vajihe; Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Amiri, Amirhassan; Vatani, Hossein

    2016-04-01

    A headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) method was developed for isolation of monocyclic aromatic amines from water samples followed by gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). In this work, the effect of the presence of ionic liquid (namely, 1-hexyl-3-methyl-imidazolium hexafluorophosphate [C6MIM][PF6]) was investigated in the sol-gel coating solutions on the morphology and extraction behavior of the resulting hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel sorbents utilized in SPME. Hydroxy-terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) was used as the sol-gel active organic component for sol-gel hybrid coatings. Two different coated fibers that were prepared are PDMS and PDMS-IL ([C6MIM][PF6]) fibers. Under the optimal conditions, the method detection limits (S/N = 3) with PDMS-IL were in the range of 0.001-0.1 ng/mL and the limits of quantification (S/N = 10) between 0.005 and 0.5 ng/mL. The relative standard deviations for one fiber (n = 5) were obtained from 3.1 up to 8.5% and between fibers or batch to batch (n = 3) in the range of 5.3-10.1%. The developed method was successfully applied to real water and juice fruits samples while the relative recovery percentages obtained for the spiked water samples at 0.1 ng/mL were from 83.3 to 95.0%.

  9. Preparation of Composite Phase Change Material Based on Sol-Gel Method and Its Temperature-Adjustable Textile

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    YI Shi-xiong; MA Xiao-guang; ZHANG Ying; LI Hua

    2009-01-01

    In this study, the sol-gel method was introduced to prepare the composite phase change material (CPCM). The CPCM was added to fabric with coating techniques and the thermal activity of modified fabric was studied. In addition, the thermal property and the microstructure of CPCM were also discussed in detail by means of polarization microscope and differential scanning calorimeter, respectively. According to the analysis of main influencial factors of the property of CPCM, the optimal preparing technique was determined. It was proved that CPCM could exhibit a good thermal property while phase transformation process took place, and a better appearance of the fabric modified with CPCM could be obtained due to the fact that in a warm circumstance, the liquid-state phase change material could be firmly enwrapped and embedded in the three-dimensional network all the time during the phase transformation. Besides, the fabric treated with CPCM had a high phase-transition enthalpy and an appropriate phase-transition temperature. As a result, a desirable temperature-adjustable function appeared.

  10. Einsteinian cubic gravity

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    Bueno, Pablo; Cano, Pablo A.

    2016-11-01

    We drastically simplify the problem of linearizing a general higher-order theory of gravity. We reduce it to the evaluation of its Lagrangian on a particular Riemann tensor depending on two parameters, and the computation of two derivatives with respect to one of those parameters. We use our method to construct a D -dimensional cubic theory of gravity which satisfies the following properties: (1) it shares the spectrum of Einstein gravity, i.e., it only propagates a transverse and massless graviton on a maximally symmetric background; (2) it is defined in the same way in general dimensions; (3) it is neither trivial nor topological in four dimensions. Up to cubic order in curvature, the only previously known theories satisfying the first two requirements are the Lovelock ones. We show that, up to cubic order, there exists only one additional theory satisfying requirements (1) and (2). Interestingly, this theory is, along with Einstein gravity, the only one which also satisfies (3).

  11. Phospholipid barrier to fibrinolysis: role for the anionic polar head charge and the gel phase crystalline structure.

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    Váradi, Balázs; Kolev, Krasimir; Tenekedjiev, Kiril; Mészáros, Gyöngyi; Kovalszky, Ilona; Longstaff, Colin; Machovich, Raymund

    2004-09-17

    The massive presence of phospholipids is demonstrated in frozen sections of human arterial thrombi. Purified platelet phospholipids and synthetic phospholipids retard in vitro tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA)-induced fibrinolysis through effects on plasminogen activation and plasmin function. The inhibition of plasminogen activation on the surface of fibrin correlates with the fraction of anionic phospholipid. The phospholipids decrease the amount of tPA penetrating into the clot by 75% and the depth of the reactive surface layer occupied by the activator by up to 30%, whereas for plasmin both of these parameters decrease by approximately 50%. The phospholipids are not only a diffusion barrier, they also bind the components of the fibrinolytic system. Isothermal titration calorimetry shows binding characterized with dissociation constants in the range 0.35-7.64 microm for plasmin and tPA (lower values with more negative phospholipids). The interactions are endothermic and thermodynamically driven by an increase in entropy, probably caused by the rearrangements in the ordered gel structure of the phospholipids (in line with the stronger inhibition at gel phase temperatures compared with liquid crystalline phase temperatures). These findings show a phospholipid barrier, which should be overcome during lysis of arterial thrombi.

  12. Strategies for the crystallization of viruses: using phase diagrams and gels to produce 3D crystals of Grapevine fanleaf virus.

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    Schellenberger, Pascale; Demangeat, Gérard; Lemaire, Olivier; Ritzenthaler, Christophe; Bergdoll, Marc; Oliéric, Vincent; Sauter, Claude; Lorber, Bernard

    2011-05-01

    The small icosahedral plant RNA nepovirus Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV) is specifically transmitted by a nematode and causes major damage to vineyards worldwide. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the recognition between the surface of its protein capsid and cellular components of its vector, host and viral proteins synthesized upon infection, the wild type GFLV strain F13 and a natural mutant (GFLV-TD) carrying a Gly₂₉₇Asp mutation were purified, characterized and crystallized. Subsequently, the geometry and volume of their crystals was optimized by establishing phase diagrams. GFLV-TD was twice as soluble as the parent virus in the crystallization solution and its crystals diffracted X-rays to a resolution of 2.7 Å. The diffraction limit of GFLV-F13 crystals was extended from 5.5 to 3 Å by growth in agarose gel. Preliminary crystallographic analyses indicate that both types of crystals are suitable for structure determination. Keys for the successful production of GFLV crystals include the rigorous quality control of virus preparations, crystal quality improvement using phase diagrams, and crystal lattice reinforcement by growth in agarose gel. These strategies are applicable to the production of well-diffracting crystals of other viruses and macromolecular assemblies.

  13. Solid phase immobilization of optically responsive liposomes insol-gel materials for chemical and biological sensing

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    Yamanaka, Stacey A.; Charych, Deborah H.; Loy, Douglas A.; Sasaki, Darryl Y.

    1997-04-01

    Liposomes enhanced with surface recognition groups have previously been found to have high affinity for heavy metal ions and virus particles with unique fluorescent and colorimetric responses, respectively. These lipid aggregate systems have now been successfully immobilized in a silica matrix via the sol-gel method, affording sensor materials that are robust, are easily handled, and offer optical clarity. The mild processing conditions allow quantitative entrapment of preformed liposomes without modification of the aggregate structure. Lipid extraction studies of immobilized nonpolymerized liposomes showed no lipid leakage in aqueous solution over a period of 3 months. Heavy metal fluorescent sensor materials prepared with 5 percent N-[8-[1-octadecyl-2-(9-(1-pyrenyl)nonyl)-rac-glyceroyl]-3,6-dioxaoctyl]imino acid/distearylphosphatidylcholineliposomes exhibited a 4-50-fold enhancement in sensitivity to various metal ions compared to that of the liposomes in free solution. Through ionic attraction the anionic silicate surface, at the experimental pH of 7.4, may act as a preconcentrator of divalent metal ions, boosting the gel's internal metal concentration. Entrapped sialic acid-coated polydiacetylene liposomes responded with colorimetric signaling to influenza virus X31, although slower than the free liposomes in solution. The successful transport of the virus (50-100 nm diameter) reveals a large pore diameter of the gel connecting the liposome to the bulk solution. The porous and durable silica matrix additionally provides a protective barrier to biological attack (bacterial, fungal) and allows facile recycling of the liposome heavy metal sensor.

  14. Preconcentration and Determination of Mefenamic Acid in Pharmaceutical and Biological Fluid Samples by Polymer-grafted Silica Gel Solid-phase Extraction Following High Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Bagheri Sadeghi, Hayedeh; Panahi, Homayon Ahmad; Mahabadi, Mahsa; Moniri, Elham

    2015-01-01

    Mefenamic acid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has analgesic, anti-infammatory and antipyretic actions. It is used to relieve mild to moderate pains. Solid-phase extraction of mefenamic acid by a polymer grafted to silica gel is reported. Poly allyl glycidyl ether/iminodiacetic acid-co-N, N-dimethylacrylamide was synthesized and grafted to silica gel and was used as an adsorbent for extraction of trace mefenamic acid in pharmaceutical and biological samples. Different fa...

  15. Guarded Cubical Type Theory

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    Birkedal, Lars; Bizjak, Aleš; Clouston, Ranald;

    2016-01-01

    This paper improves the treatment of equality in guarded dependent type theory (GDTT), by combining it with cubical type theory (CTT). GDTT is an extensional type theory with guarded recursive types, which are useful for building models of program logics, and for programming and reasoning with co...

  16. Ytterbium: Transition at High Pressure from Face-Centered Cubic to Body-Centered Cubic Structure.

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    Hall, H T; Barnett, J D; Merrill, L

    1963-01-11

    Pressure of 40,000 atmospheres at 25 degrees C induces a phase transformation in ytterbium metal; the face-centered cubic structure changes to body-centered cubic. The radius of the atom changes from 1.82 to 1.75 A. At the same time the atom's volume decreases by 11 percent and the volume, observed macroscopically, decreases 3.2 percent.

  17. Effectiveness of cellulose sulfate vaginal gel for the prevention of HIV infection: results of a Phase III trial in Nigeria.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This trial evaluated the safety and effectiveness of 6% cellulose sulfate vaginal gel in preventing male-to-female vaginal transmission of HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydial infection. METHODS: This Phase III, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted between November 2004 and March 2007 in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. We enrolled 1644 HIV-antibody negative women at high risk of HIV acquisition. Study participants were randomized 1:1 to cellulose sulfate or placebo and asked to use gel plus a condom for each act of vaginal intercourse over one year of follow-up. The participants were evaluated monthly for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydial infection, and for adverse events. RESULTS: The trial was stopped prematurely after the data safety monitoring board of a parallel trial concluded that cellulose sulfate might be increasing the risk of HIV. In contrast, we observed fewer infections in the active arm (10 than on placebo (13, a difference that was nonetheless not statistically significant (HR = 0.8, 95% CI 0.3-1.8; p = 0.56. Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydial infection were lower in the CS group but the difference was likewise not statistically significant (HR = 0.8, 95% CI 0.5-1.1; p = 0.19 for the combined STI outcome. Rates of adverse events were similar across study arms. No serious adverse events related to cellulose sulfate use were reported. CONCLUSIONS: Cellulose sulfate gel appeared to be safe in the evaluated study population but we found insufficient evidence that it prevented male-to-female vaginal transmission of HIV, gonorrhea or chlamydial infection. The early closure of the trial compromised the ability to draw definitive conclusions about the effectiveness of cellulose sulfate against HIV. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00120770.

  18. Silica gel microspheres decorated with covalent triazine-based frameworks as an improved stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Hu, Kai; Hu, Chenchen; Wang, Xiaoyu; Yu, Ajuan; Zhang, Shusheng

    2017-03-03

    A new stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) applications based on silica gel microspheres decorated with covalent triazine-based frameworks (CTF-SiO2) composite has been reported here. In this new hybrid material, sheet-like covalent triazine-based frameworks (CTF) were grown onto the supporting silica spheres, in order to achieve improved chromatographic separation and selectivity. The new material was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The chromatographic performance and retention mechanism of the new stationary phase were investigated in reversed-phase mode and compared against standard C18 and cyano-modified silica (CN-SiO2) columns. A variety of different probe molecules were analyzed, including mono-substituted benzenes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, anilines and bases. The synergism of triazine and aromatic moieties provided several different retention mechanisms, thus improving the selectivity in the CTF-SiO2 composite. The good column packing properties of the uniform silica microspheres combined with the separation ability of the CTF frameworks make the new CTF-SiO2 material a potentially useful stationary phase for the analysis of complex samples.

  19. Structures, phase transformations, and dielectric properties of (1-x)Bi{sub 2}Zn{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7}-xBi{sub 1.5}NiNb{sub 1.5}O{sub 7} pyrochlore ceramics prepared by aqueous sol-gel method

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    Jin, Y.X.; Li, L.X., E-mail: lilingxia91@163.com; Dong, H.L.; Yu, S.H.; Xu, D.

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • The sol-gel process was employed to produce (1-x)β-BZN-xBNN pre-nanopowders. • The phase structure evolution procedure in (1-x)β-BZN-xBNN system was determined. • A near-zero τ{sub ε} together with a high ε{sub r} was obtained at 900 °C. • The structure-dielectric property relationships of the ceramics were determined. - Abstract: As a candidate of thermostable low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) material, (1-x)Bi{sub 2}Zn{sub 2/3}Nb{sub 4/3}O{sub 7}-xBi{sub 1.5}NiNb{sub 1.5}O{sub 7} (0.0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1.0) ceramics with improved dielectric properties have been prepared via aqueous sol-gel method. The relations of phase equilibrium, crystal structure and dielectric properties of the composites were investigated systematically. Phase transformation, from orthorhombic zirconolite-like to cubic pyrochlore structure, occured with the increasing Bi{sub 1.5}NiNb{sub 1.5}O{sub 7} content. The phase stability of the orthorhombic and cubic pyrochlore phase in the (1-x)β-BZN-xBNN system was dependent on the Bi{sup 3+} content as well as the distribution and variety of divalent cations, such as Ni{sup 2+}/Zn{sup 2+} ratio. The phase boundaries were located around x = 0.1 and x = 0.6 for orthorhombic and cubic phases, respectively. Near-zero temperature coefficient of dielectric constant (τ{sub ε}) was obtained and the dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) was in the range of 80-165 in this system, which were strongly correlated with phase composition. The (1-x)β-BZN-xBNN ceramic with x = 0.2 satisfied the EIA (Electronic Industries Association) specification NP0 (τ{sub ε}≤± 30 ppm/°C between -55 and 125 °C) exhibited excellent dielectric properties of ε{sub r} = 105.6, small dielectric tangent (tan δ) ∼ 10{sup -4}, τ{sub ε} = -11.1 ppm/°C with the low-firing temperature of 900 °C within the two-phase region, which can be a promising candidate for LTCC and multilayer components applications in high frequency and microwave range.

  20. Phase evolution of Na2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O gels in synthetic aluminosilicate binders.

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    Walkley, Brant; San Nicolas, Rackel; Sani, Marc-Antoine; Gehman, John D; van Deventer, Jannie S J; Provis, John L

    2016-04-07

    This study demonstrates the production of stoichiometrically controlled alkali-aluminosilicate gels ('geopolymers') via alkali-activation of high-purity synthetic amorphous aluminosilicate powders. This method provides for the first time a process by which the chemistry of aluminosilicate-based cementitious materials may be accurately simulated by pure synthetic systems, allowing elucidation of physicochemical phenomena controlling alkali-aluminosilicate gel formation which has until now been impeded by the inability to isolate and control key variables. Phase evolution and nanostructural development of these materials are examined using advanced characterisation techniques, including solid state MAS NMR spectroscopy probing (29)Si, (27)Al and (23)Na nuclei. Gel stoichiometry and the reaction kinetics which control phase evolution are shown to be strongly dependent on the chemical composition of the reaction mix, while the main reaction product is a Na2O-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O type gel comprised of aluminium and silicon tetrahedra linked via oxygen bridges, with sodium taking on a charge balancing function. The alkali-aluminosilicate gels produced in this study constitute a chemically simplified model system which provides a novel research tool for the study of phase evolution and microstructural development in these systems. Novel insight of physicochemical phenomena governing geopolymer gel formation suggests that intricate control over time-dependent geopolymer physical properties can be attained through a careful precursor mix design. Chemical composition of the main N-A-S-H type gel reaction product as well as the reaction kinetics governing its formation are closely related to the Si/Al ratio of the precursor, with increased Al content leading to an increased rate of reaction and a decreased Si/Al ratio in the N-A-S-H type gel. This has significant implications for geopolymer mix design for industrial applications.

  1. Preparation of 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel for the solid-phase extraction of flavone glycosides.

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    Chu, Ganghui; Cai, Wensheng; Shao, Xueguang

    2015-04-01

    To extract flavone glycosides efficiently, a new extraction material based on 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel was prepared using a two-step grafting method including a ring-opening reaction and synchronous hydrolysis. Preparation of the silica-based material was easily achieved under mild conditions, and the material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The material was used in solid-phase extraction, and the extraction can be performed in neutral conditions without regard to ionic strength. Selectivity tests of 14 compounds on the extraction cartridge showed that the material has a high affinity to flavone glycosides in contrast to octadecyl silica, and the extraction yields for four flavone glycosides were found to be >93%. Selectivity tests further reveal that the adsorption on its surface is likely attributed to multiple interactions, including hydrophobic interactions, π-π interactions, and hydrogen bonding. To explore the applicability of 4-butylaniline-bonded silica gel, naringin and hesperidin from Simotang oral liquid were extracted, and the extraction yields were >90%, which is distinguished from silica cartridge.

  2. Preparation of a hierarchically porous AlPO4 monolith via an epoxide-mediated sol–gel process accompanied by phase separation

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    Wenyan Li, Yang Zhu, Xingzhong Guo, Kazuki Nakanishi, Kazuyoshi Kanamori and Hui Yang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolithic aluminum phosphate (AlPO4 with a macro–mesoporous structure has been successfully prepared via the sol–gel process accompanied by phase separation in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide (PEO. Gelation of the system has been mediated by propylene oxide (PO, while PEO induces a phase separation. The dried gel is amorphous, whereas the crystalline tridymite phase precipitates upon heating above 1000 °C. Heat treatment does not spoil the macroporous morphology of the AlPO4 monoliths. Nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements revealed that the skeletons of the dried gels possess a mesostructure with a median pore size of about 30 nm and a surface area as high as 120 m2 g−1. Hydrothermal treatment before heat treatment can increase the surface area to 282 m2 g−1.

  3. Preparation of a hierarchically porous AlPO4 monolith via an epoxide-mediated sol-gel process accompanied by phase separation

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    Li, Wenyan; Zhu, Yang; Guo, Xingzhong; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Yang, Hui

    2013-08-01

    Monolithic aluminum phosphate (AlPO4) with a macro-mesoporous structure has been successfully prepared via the sol-gel process accompanied by phase separation in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Gelation of the system has been mediated by propylene oxide (PO), while PEO induces a phase separation. The dried gel is amorphous, whereas the crystalline tridymite phase precipitates upon heating above 1000 °C. Heat treatment does not spoil the macroporous morphology of the AlPO4 monoliths. Nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements revealed that the skeletons of the dried gels possess a mesostructure with a median pore size of about 30 nm and a surface area as high as 120 m2 g-1. Hydrothermal treatment before heat treatment can increase the surface area to 282 m2 g-1.

  4. Multiple patterns of polymer gels in microspheres due to the interplay among phase separation, wetting, and gelation.

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    Yanagisawa, Miho; Nigorikawa, Shinpei; Sakaue, Takahiro; Fujiwara, Kei; Tokita, Masayuki

    2014-11-11

    We report the spontaneous patterning of polymer microgels by confining a polymer blend within microspheres. A poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and gelatin solution was confined inside water-in-oil (W/O) microdroplets coated with a layer of zwitterionic lipids: dioleoylphosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (PC). The droplet confinement affected the kinetics of the phase separation, wetting, and gelation after a temperature quench, which determined the final microgel pattern. The gelatin-rich phase completely wetted to the PE membrane and formed a hollow microcapsule as a stable state in the PE droplets. Gelation during phase separation varied the relation between the droplet size and thickness of the capsule wall. In the case of the PC droplets, phase separation was completed only for the smaller droplets, wherein the microgel partially wetted the PC membrane and had a hemisphere shape. In addition, the temperature decrease below the gelation point increased the interfacial tension between the PEG/gelatin phases and triggered a dewetting transition. Interestingly, the accompanying shape deformation to minimize the interfacial area was only observed for the smaller PC droplets. The critical size decreased as the gelatin concentration increased, indicating the role of the gel elasticity as an inhibitor of the deformation. Furthermore, variously patterned microgels with spherically asymmetric shapes, such as discs and stars, were produced as kinetically trapped states by regulating the incubation time, polymer composition, and droplet size. These findings demonstrate a way to regulate the complex shapes of microgels using the interplay among phase separation, wetting, and gelation of confined polymer blends in microdroplets.

  5. Structural phase analysis of a sol-gel nano-crystalline lithium-mica glass-ceramic through different compositions

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    Tohidifar, M.R., E-mail: tohidifar@znu.ac.ir [Faculty of Engineering, University of Zanjan, P.O. Box 45371-38791, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Alizadeh, P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    The current paper attempts to study the influence of chemical composition on the phase development of nano-crystalline lithium-mica glass-ceramic. For this purpose, aqueous sol-gel technique was employed to prepare the glass-ceramics. The synthesis process was accomplished using two chemical compositions of Li{sub (1+x)}Mg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6.5x}F{sub 2} and LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} at different x values along with various mass% of MgF{sub 2} inclusion. It was found that considering an optimized amount of MgF{sub 2}, the specimens synthesized through a new formulation of LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} composition are more appropriate for the sol-gel synthesis method, especially because of intensifying the lithium-mica precipitation and also omission of the secondary phase (i.e. lithium aluminum silicate). The results also indicated that any deviation from the optimized amount of MgF{sub 2} (8%) would cause degradation in the intensity of the precipitated lithium-mica, following the nucleation treatment. - Highlights: • Higher intensity of mica phase obtains through LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} composition. • LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} composition offers mica phase without applying excess MgF{sub 2}. • Applying LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} composition leads to omission of minor phases. • Li{sub (1+x)}Mg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6.5x}F{sub 2} formula cannot be useful in mica nucleation process. • Optimum amount of MgF{sub 2} was obtained as 8% following the nucleation process.

  6. Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in vegetable oils combining gel permeation chromatography with solid-phase extraction clean-up

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    Fromberg, Arvid; Højgård, A.; Duedahl-Olesen, Lene

    2007-01-01

    of benzo[a]pyrene levels in foods laid down by the Commission of the European Communities. A survey of 69 vegetable oils sampled from the Danish market included olive oil as well as other vegetable oils such as rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, grape seed oil and sesame oil. Levels of benzo[a]pyrene in all......A semi-automatic method for the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in edible oils using a combined gel permeation chromatography/solid-phase extraction (GPC/SPE) clean-up is presented. The method takes advantage of automatic injections using a Gilson ASPEC XL sample handling...... system equipped with a GPC column (S-X3) and pre-packed silica SPE columns for the subsequent clean-up and finally gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) determination. The method was validated for the determination of PAHs in vegetable oils and it can meet the criteria for the official control...

  7. Electrochemical luminescence determination of hyperin using a sol-gel@graphene luminescent composite film modified electrode for solid phase microextraction

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    Zou, Xiaojun; Shang, Fang; Wang, Sui

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, a novel electrochemiluminescence (ECL) sensor of sol-gel@graphene luminescent composite film modified electrode for hyperin determination was prepared using graphene (G) as solid-phase microextraction (SPME) material, based on selective preconcentration of target onto an electrode and followed by luminol ECL detection. Hyperin was firstly extracted from aqueous solution through the modified GCE. Hydrogel, electrogenerated chemiluminescence reagents, pH of working solution, extraction time and temperature and scan rate were discussed. Under the optimum conditions, the change of ECL intensity was in proportion to the concentration of hyperin in the range of 0.02-0.24 μg/mL with a detection limit of 0.01 μg/mL. This method showed good performance in stability, reproducibility and precision for the determination of hyperin.

  8. Phase formation and electrical properties of the LaCoO3 obtained by water-based sol-gel method with citric acid

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    Luminita Predoana

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In the present work the LaCoO3 formation from gel precursors obtained by water-based sol-gel method with citric acid was studied. As precursors La and Co nitrates were used. The obtained gels were analyzed by TG/DTA and TG/EGA. The decomposition of the gels takes place in two main steps with the evolution of the same volatile compounds (H2O, CO2 and NO2 leading to the conclusion that two types of bonding of the components in the gels occurred. The decomposition of the gels takes place up to 400°C. The gels thermally treated at 600°C lead to single pure perovskite rhombohedral phase of lanthanum cobalt oxide (LaCoO3. Some electrical properties of LaCoO3 measured in “operando” conditions, i.e. in gas fl ow, at atmospheric pressure (by using the differential step technique DST are presented and discussed.

  9. Pharmacokinetics and enhanced oral bioavailability in beagle dogs of cyclosporine A encapsulated in glyceryl monooleate/poloxamer 407 cubic nanoparticles

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    Jie Lai

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Jie Lai1,2, Yi Lu1, Zongning Yin2, Fuqiang Hu3, Wei Wu11School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, 3School of Pharmacy, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, ChinaAbstract: Efforts to improve the oral bioavailability of cyclosporine A (CyA remains a challenge in the field of drug delivery. In this study, glyceryl monooleate (GMO/poloxamer 407 cubic nanoparticles were evaluated as potential vehicles to improve the oral bioavailability of CyA. Cubic nanoparticles were prepared via the fragmentation of a bulk GMO/poloxamer 407 cubic phase gel by sonication and homogenization. The cubic inner structure formed was verified using Cryo-TEM. The mean diameters of the nanoparticles were about 180 nm, and the entrapment efficiency of these particles for CyA was over 85%. The in vitro release of CyA from these nanoparticles was less than 5% at 12 h. The results of a pharmacokinetic study in beagle dogs showed improved absorption of CyA from cubic nanoparticles as compared to microemulsion-based Neoral®; higher Cmax (1371.18 ± 37.34 vs 969.68 ± 176.3 ng mL-1, higher AUC0–t (7757.21 ± 1093.64 vs 4739.52 ± 806.30 ng h mL-1 and AUC0–∞ (9004.77 ± 1090.38 vs 5462.31 ± 930.76 ng h mL-1. The relative oral bioavailability of CyA cubic nanoparticles calculated on the basis of AUC0–∞ was about 178% as compared to Neoral®. The enhanced bioavailability of CyA is likely due to facilitated absorption by cubic nanoparticles rather than improved release.Keywords: nanoparticles, cubosomes, cyclosporine A, glyceryl monooleate, oral drug delivery, bioavailability, beagle dogs

  10. Guarded Cubical Type Theory

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    Birkedal, Lars; Bizjak, Aleš; Clouston, Ranald;

    2016-01-01

    This paper improves the treatment of equality in guarded dependent type theory (GDTT), by combining it with cubical type theory (CTT). GDTT is an extensional type theory with guarded recursive types, which are useful for building models of program logics, and for programming and reasoning...... with coinductive types. We wish to implement GDTT with decidable type-checking, while still supporting non-trivial equality proofs that reason about the extensions of guarded recursive constructions. CTT is a variation of Martin-L\\"of type theory in which the identity type is replaced by abstract paths between...... terms. CTT provides a computational interpretation of functional extensionality, is conjectured to have decidable type checking, and has an implemented type-checker. Our new type theory, called guarded cubical type theory, provides a computational interpretation of extensionality for guarded recursive...

  11. Guarded Cubical Type Theory

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    Birkedal, Lars; Bizjak, Aleš; Clouston, Ranald;

    2016-01-01

    This paper improves the treatment of equality in guarded dependent type theory (GDTT), by combining it with cubical type theory (CTT). GDTT is an extensional type theory with guarded recursive types, which are useful for building models of program logics, and for programming and reasoning...... with coinductive types. We wish to implement GDTT with decidable type checking, while still supporting non-trivial equality proofs that reason about the extensions of guarded recursive constructions. CTT is a variation of Martin-L\\"of type theory in which the identity type is replaced by abstract paths between...... terms. CTT provides a computational interpretation of functional extensionality, enjoys canonicity for the natural numbers type, and is conjectured to support decidable type-checking. Our new type theory, guarded cubical type theory (GCTT), provides a computational interpretation of extensionality...

  12. Quantitative phase analysis and microstructure characterization of magnetite nanocrystals obtained by microwave assisted non-hydrolytic sol–gel synthesis

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    Sciancalepore, Corrado, E-mail: corrado.sciancalepore@unimore.it [Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Pietro Vivarelli 10, 41100 Modena (Italy); Bondioli, Federica [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze, 181/A, 43124 Parma (Italy); INSTM Consortium, Via G. Giusti 9, 51121 Firenze (Italy); Manfredini, Tiziano [Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Pietro Vivarelli 10, 41100 Modena (Italy); INSTM Consortium, Via G. Giusti 9, 51121 Firenze (Italy); Gualtieri, Alessandro [Department of Chemical and Geological Science, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via S. Eufemia 19, 41121 Modena Italy (Italy)

    2015-02-15

    An innovative preparation procedure, based on microwave assisted non-hydrolytic sol–gel synthesis, to obtain spherical magnetite nanoparticles was reported together with a detailed quantitative phase analysis and microstructure characterization of the synthetic products. The nanoparticle growth was analyzed as a function of the synthesis time and was described in terms of crystallization degree employing the Rietveld method on the magnetic nanostructured system for the determination of the amorphous content using hematite as internal standard. Product crystallinity increases as the microwave thermal treatment is increased and reaches very high percentages for synthesis times longer than 1 h. Microstructural evolution of nanocrystals was followed by the integral breadth methods to obtain information on the crystallite size-strain distribution. The results of diffraction line profile analysis were compared with nanoparticle grain distribution estimated by dimensional analysis of the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. A variation both in the average grain size and in the distribution of the coherently diffraction domains is evidenced, allowing to suppose a relationship between the two quantities. The traditional integral breadth methods have proven to be valid for a rapid assessment of the diffraction line broadening effects in the above-mentioned nanostructured systems and the basic assumption for the correct use of these methods are discussed as well. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocrystals were obtained by MW-assisted non-hydrolytic sol–gel synthesis. • Quantitative phase analysis revealed that crystallinity up to 95% was reached. • The strategy of Rietveld refinements was discussed in details. • Dimensional analysis showed nanoparticles ranging from 4 to 8 nm. • Results of integral breadth methods were compared with microscopic analysis.

  13. The microstructure and rheology of homogeneous and phase separated gelatine gels

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    Ersch, C.; Linden, E. van der; Venema, P.; Martin, A.

    2016-01-01

    The gelation of gelatine in mixtures of gelatine (type A or type B) and globular proteins (Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), Whey Protein Aggregates (WPA) and Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)) was studied with a focus on their phase separation during gelation. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, visual observati

  14. The microstructure and rheology of homogeneous and phase separated gelatine gels

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    Ersch, Carsten; Linden, van der Erik; Venema, Paul; Martin, Anneke

    2016-01-01

    The gelation of gelatine in mixtures of gelatine (type A or type B) and globular proteins (Whey Protein Isolate (WPI), Whey Protein Aggregates (WPA) and Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)) was studied with a focus on their phase separation during gelation. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, visual observ

  15. Directed shift of vaginal flora after topical application of sucrose gel in a phase Ⅲ clinical trial: a novel treatment for bacterial vaginosis

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    ZENG Zhong-ming; PANG Yi-cun; LIU Shu-wen; JIANG Shi-bo; LIAO Qin-pin; YAO Chen; GENG Li; FENG Li-hua; SHI Hui-rong; XIN Xiao-yan; LI Ping; WANG Hui-lan

    2010-01-01

    Background Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common infectious diseases among sexually active women and is associated with the increased acquisition of a variety of sexually transmitted diseases.This study aimed to compare the efficacy of a non-antibiotic sucrose gel against an antibiotic metronidazole gel for the treatment of BV.Methods A randomized, double-blinded, multi-center, parallel-group, placebo-controlled phase Ⅲ clinical trial was conducted at eight hospitals in China.A total of 560 subjects with clinically diagnosed BV were randomly assigned into three groups for vaginally receiving sucrose, metronidazole, and placebo gels, respectively, twice daily for five consecutive days.The efficacy of therapeutic cure, defined as an achievement of both microbiologic cure (a Nugent score of 3 or less) and clinical cure (a resolution of the clinical findings from the baseline visit), was evaluated at the 1st and 2nd test-of-cure (TOC) visits at 7-10 and 21-35 days after the start of treatment, respectively.Results Therapeutic cure rates for sucrose, metronidazole, and placebo gel groups were 83.13%, 71.30% and 0.92%,at the 1st TOC, and 61.04%, 66.67% and 7.34%, at the 2nd TOC, respectively.While there was no significant difference between the sucrose and metronidazole gel groups at the 2nd TOC (P=0.305), and sucrose gel was more effective than metronidazole gel at the 1st TOC (P=0.009).Conclusion These findings suggest that sucrose gel restores normal vaginal flora more rapidly than metronidazole gel and can be used as a novel treatment for BV.

  16. Directed shift of vaginal flora after topical application of sucrose gel in a phase III clinical trial: a novel treatment for bacterial vaginosis.

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    Zeng, Zhong-ming; Liao, Qin-pin; Yao, Chen; Geng, Li; Feng, Li-hua; Shi, Hui-rong; Xin, Xiao-yan; Li, Ping; Wang, Hui-lan; Pang, Yi-cun; Liu, Shu-wen; Jiang, Shi-bo

    2010-08-05

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common infectious diseases among sexually active women and is associated with the increased acquisition of a variety of sexually transmitted diseases. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of a non-antibiotic sucrose gel against an antibiotic metronidazole gel for the treatment of BV. A randomized, double-blinded, multi-center, parallel-group, placebo-controlled phase III clinical trial was conducted at eight hospitals in China. A total of 560 subjects with clinically diagnosed BV were randomly assigned into three groups for vaginally receiving sucrose, metronidazole, and placebo gels, respectively, twice daily for five consecutive days. The efficacy of therapeutic cure, defined as an achievement of both microbiologic cure (a Nugent score of 3 or less) and clinical cure (a resolution of the clinical findings from the baseline visit), was evaluated at the 1st and 2nd test-of-cure (TOC) visits at 7-10 and 21-35 days after the start of treatment, respectively. Therapeutic cure rates for sucrose, metronidazole, and placebo gel groups were 83.13%, 71.30% and 0.92%, at the 1st TOC, and 61.04%, 66.67% and 7.34%, at the 2nd TOC, respectively. While there was no significant difference between the sucrose and metronidazole gel groups at the 2nd TOC (P = 0.305), and sucrose gel was more effective than metronidazole gel at the 1st TOC (P = 0.009). These findings suggest that sucrose gel restores normal vaginal flora more rapidly than metronidazole gel and can be used as a novel treatment for BV.

  17. Effects of cholesterol on phospholipid membranes: inhibition of the interdigitated gel phase of F-DPPC and F-DPPC/DPPC.

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    Smith, Eric A; Wang, Weidong; Dea, Phoebe K

    2012-02-01

    Unlike the parent phospholipid, 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), the monofluorinated analog, 1-palmitoyl-2-(16-fluoropalmitoyl)sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (F-DPPC), spontaneously forms an interdigitated gel phase (L(β)I) below the main transition temperature (T(m)). We have examined the effects of introducing cholesterol to F-DPPC and 1:1 F-DPPC/DPPC membranes using a combination of DSC, optical density, fluorescence intensity and polarization, (31)P NMR, and X-ray diffraction techniques. Cholesterol increases the fluidity of the gel phase, broadens the main transition, and decreases the main transition enthalpy. However, these results also reveal that there is an unusually large degree of phase coexistence between the L(β)I and non-interdigitated gel phases when cholesterol is added. Cholesterol encourages this phase segregation by partitioning into the thicker non-interdigitated domains. At higher cholesterol concentrations, the majority or all of the L(β)I phase of F-DPPC and 1:1 F-DPPC/DPPC is eliminated and is replaced by a non-interdigitated liquid-ordered (l(o)) phase with properties similar to DPPC/cholesterol. Consequently, cholesterol mitigates the influence the CF moiety has on the thermodynamic phase behavior of F-DPPC. Our findings demonstrate that there are multiple characteristics of cholesterol-rich membranes that disfavor interdigitation.

  18. Superhard BC(3) in cubic diamond structure.

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    Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Li, Quan; Gao, Bo; Wang, Yanchao; Li, Hongdong; Chen, Changfeng; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    We solve the crystal structure of recently synthesized cubic BC(3) using an unbiased swarm structure search, which identifies a highly symmetric BC(3) phase in the cubic diamond structure (d-BC(3)) that contains a distinct B-B bonding network along the body diagonals of a large 64-atom unit cell. Simulated x-ray diffraction and Raman peaks of d-BC(3) are in excellent agreement with experimental data. Calculated stress-strain relations of d-BC(3) demonstrate its intrinsic superhard nature and reveal intriguing sequential bond-breaking modes that produce superior ductility and extended elasticity, which are unique among superhard solids. The present results establish the first boron carbide in the cubic diamond structure with remarkable properties, and these new findings also provide insights for exploring other covalent solids with complex bonding configurations.

  19. Structure characteristics of cubic and orthorhombic phases of high density scintillator PbF{sub 2} from 4.2--300 K

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    Shmyt`ko, I.; Savchenko, I.B.; Klassen, N.V.; Bagautdinov, B.S.; Emel`chenko, G.A.; Sinitzin, V.V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Physics

    1994-12-31

    An anomaly of the temperature dependence of the unit cell parameter has been observed for {beta}-PbF{sub 2} single crystals at 200 K that is interpreted as a phase transition to a pseudocubic lattice. Such a pseudocubic phase is observable at room temperature after uniaxial plastic deformation of the bulk single crystals. The structural aspects of the {beta}{r_arrow}{alpha} transition have been established. The as-grown crystals of {alpha}-PbF{sub 2} phase are shown to undergo a phase transition at 100 K.

  20. Serological Comparison of the Three Morphological Phases of Coccidioides immitis by the Agar Gel Diffusion Method1

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    Landay, Marshall E.; Wheat, Robert W.; Conant, Norman F.; Lowe, Edwin P.

    1967-01-01

    Hyperimmune sera against spherules and against arthrospores of Coccidioides immitis were prepared by inoculation of rabbits. The antibody content of these sera was studied by the agar gel diffusion method. It was observed that antispherule pooled sera formed multiple precipitin bands with extracts of spherules and of arthrospores. The antiarthrospore pooled serum, however, failed to precipitate with the spherule extract, and formed a single band in the presence of an arthrospore solution. When the spherule and the arthrospore extracts were tested with a variety of different antisera, it was observed that the spherule preparation formed bands only in combination with anti-purified spherule pooled serum, whereas the arthrospore extract precipitated with anti-purified spherule, antiarthrospore, and anti-Histoplasma capsulatum pooled sera. It was also observed that a spherule culture supernatant solution formed five precipitin bands in combination with anti-spherule pooled sera, formed one band with pooled antiserum from rabbits with coccidioidomycosis, and did not precipitate in the presence of antiarthrospore pooled serum. Coccidioidin, however, formed two bands in the presence of any of these antisera. It was therefore concluded that extracts from the spherule phase of C. immitis differed from solutions obtained from the arthrospore and mycelial phases. Images PMID:4960151

  1. A high-efficiency, low-toxicity, phospholipids-based phase separation gel for long-term delivery of peptides.

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    Zhang, Ting; Peng, Qiang; San, Feng-Ying; Luo, Jing-Wen; Wang, Meng-Xin; Wu, Wen-Qi; Gong, Tao; Zhang, Zhi-Rong

    2015-03-01

    Peptide and protein drugs are currently under rapid development attributed to their high potency and efficacy in therapy. Their successful delivery, however, is highly limited by their short half-life, fast degradation and rapid clearance. Here, we present a high content phospholipids-based phase separation gel (PPSG), which is readily injectable due to its low initial viscosity and can rapidly transform into an in situ implant after injection upon exposure to an aqueous environment. A selected model peptide, octreotide acetate, is loaded into PPSG and achieves sustained release profiles for one month in rats. In addition, the local irritation caused by ethanol contained in PPSG is ethanol content-dependent and the irritation of PPSG with 70% phospholipids content can be eliminated by partially replacing ethanol with medium chain triglyceride. The mechanisms underlying phase transition of PPSG are based on water-insolubility of phospholipids. Our findings demonstrate that PPSG is a readily injectable, highly safe and efficient in situ forming implant for sustained delivery of peptides.

  2. Synthesis of novel perovskite crystal structure phase of strontium doped rare earth manganites using sol gel method

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    Abdel-Latif, I.A. [Physics Department, College of Science, Najran University, P.O. 1988, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Reactor Physics Department, NRC, Atomic Energy Authority, Abou Zabaal, P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, Adel A., E-mail: adelali141@yahoo.com [Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Central Metallurgical Research & Development Institute (CMRDI), Helwan 11421, Cairo (Egypt); Bouzid, Houcine [Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Al-Hajry, A. [Physics Department, College of Science, Najran University, P.O. 1988, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Advanced Materials and Nano-Research Centre, Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-11-01

    In the present work, polycrystalline perovskites of R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} nanocomposites (R=La, Nd, or Sm) were synthesized using the sol–gel method in the presence of citric acid and polyethylene glycol as chelating and structure directing agents respectively. The synthesized gel was calcined at 800 °C for 5 h. The XRD revealed that the obtained nanocrystalline R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} is monoclinic crystal structure of space group (I2/a). TEM images showed that the prepared perovskites are homogeneous and uniform with particle sizes in a range 20–40 nm and the HR-TEM images and lattice fringes displayed the monoclinic structure. IV measurements showed that Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} has semiconducting properties at room temperature. With applying low magnetic field, a transition from semiconductor behavior to Ohmic resistivity was observed. The static resistance of Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} was calculated to be ~2.985 TΩ for semiconductor phase and the resistance increased 1000 times that gives rise to negative magnetoresistance (MR). The value of MR of Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} equals to 99.84%, which leads to the use of these materials in fabrication of magnetic devices in the industrial scale. - Highlights: • Polycrystalline perovskites of R{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} were synthesized using the sol–gel method. • The XRD analysis showed the prepared perovskites are monoclinic crystal structure. • The prepared perovskites are homogeneous and uniform with particles size (20–40 nm). • IV measurements displayed that Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3} has semiconducting properties. • The value of MR equals to 99.84% in Nd{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}MnO{sub 3}.

  3. Role of precursors and coating polymers in sol-gel chemistry toward enhanced selectivity and efficiency in solid phase microextraction.

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    Bagheri, Habib; Piri-Moghadam, Hamed; Ahdi, Tayebeh

    2012-09-12

    To evaluate the selectivity and efficiency of solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coatings, synthesized by sol-gel technology, roles of precursors and coating polymers were extensively investigated. An on-line combination of capillary microextraction (CME) technique and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was set up to perform the investigation. Ten different fiber coatings were synthesized in which five of them contained only the precursor and the rests were prepared using both the precursor and coating polymer. All the coatings were chemically bonded to the inner surface of copper tubes, intended to be used as the CME device and already functionalized by self-assembly monolayers of 3-(mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (3MPTMOS). The selected precursors included tetramethoxysilane (TMOS), 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propylmethacrylate (TMSPMA), 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propylamine (TMSPA), 3MPTMOS, [3-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)-propyl]-trimethoxysilane (EPPTMOS) while poly(ethyleneglycol) (PEG) was chosen as the coating polymer. The effects of different precursors on the extraction efficiency and selectivity, was studied by selecting a list of compounds ranging from non-polar to polar ones, i.e. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, herbicides, estrogens and triazines. The results from CME-HPLC analysis revealed that there is no significant difference between precursors, except TMOS, in which has the lowest extraction efficiency. Most of the selected precursors have rather similar interactions toward the selected analytes which include Van der Walls, dipole-dipole and hydrogen bond while TMOS has only dipole-dipole interaction and therefore the least efficiency. TMOS is silica but the other sorbents are organically modified silica (ORMOSIL). Our investigation revealed that it is rather impossible to prepare a selective coating using conventional sol-gel methodologies. The comparison study performed among the fiber coatings contained only a precursor and those synthesized by a

  4. Preconcentration and Determination of Mefenamic Acid in Pharmaceutical and Biological Fluid Samples by Polymer-grafted Silica Gel Solid-phase Extraction Following High Performance Liquid Chromatography

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    Bagheri Sadeghi, Hayedeh; Panahi, Homayon Ahmad; Mahabadi, Mahsa; Moniri, Elham

    2015-01-01

    Mefenamic acid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that has analgesic, anti-infammatory and antipyretic actions. It is used to relieve mild to moderate pains. Solid-phase extraction of mefenamic acid by a polymer grafted to silica gel is reported. Poly allyl glycidyl ether/iminodiacetic acid-co-N, N-dimethylacrylamide was synthesized and grafted to silica gel and was used as an adsorbent for extraction of trace mefenamic acid in pharmaceutical and biological samples. Different factors affecting the extraction method were investigated and optimum conditions were obtained. The optimum pH value for sorption of mefenamic acid was 4.0. The sorption capacity of grafted adsorbent was 7.0 mg/g. The best eluent solvent was found to be trifluoroacetic acid-acetic acid in methanol with a recovery of 99.6%. The equilibrium adsorption data of mefenamic acid by grafted silica gel was analyzed by Langmuir model. The conformation of obtained data to Langmuir isotherm model reveals the homogeneous binding sites of grafted silica gel surface. Kinetic study of the mefenamic acid sorption by grafted silica gel indicates the good accessibility of the active sites in the grafted polymer. The sorption rate of the investigated mefenamic acid on the grafted silica gel was less than 5 min. This novel synthesized adsorbent can be successfully applied for the extraction of trace mefenamic acid in human plasma, urine and pharmaceutical samples. PMID:26330865

  5. Phase 3 Trials of Thermosensitive Ciprofloxacin Gel for Middle Ear Effusion in Children with Tubes.

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    Park, Albert H; White, David R; Moss, Jonathan R; Bear, Moraye; LeBel, Carl

    2016-08-01

    To investigate the efficacy, safety, and microbiology of a thermosensitive otic suspension of ciprofloxacin (OTO-201) in children with bilateral middle ear effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. Two randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled phase 3 trials. Patients were randomized to intratympanic OTO-201 or sham. Children with bilateral middle ear effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. Studies evaluated 532 patients (6 months to 17 years old) in a combined analysis of efficacy (treatment failure: presence of otorrhea, otic or systemic antibiotic use, lost to follow-up, missed visits), safety (audiometry, otoscopy, tympanometry), and microbiology. There was a lower cumulative proportion of treatment failures in patients receiving OTO-201 vs tympanostomy tubes alone (1) on days 4, 8, 15, and 29; (2) on day 15, primary end point (23.0% vs 45.1%; age-adjusted odds ratio, 0.341; P response) supported these findings. There were no drug-related serious adverse events; the most frequent treatment-emergent adverse events in both groups were pyrexia, postoperative pain, nasopharyngitis, cough, and upper respiratory tract infection. OTO-201 administration had no evidence of increased tube occlusion and no negative effect on audiometry, tympanometry, or otoscopy. Combined analysis of 2 phase 3 trials demonstrated a lower cumulative proportion of treatment failures through day 15 compared with TT alone when OTO-201 was administered intratympanically for otitis media with bilateral middle ear effusion at time of tympanostomy tube placement. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2016.

  6. Gold nanoparticles grafted modified silica gel as a new stationary phase for separation and determination of steroid hormones by thin layer chromatography

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    Mitra Amoli-Diva

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A new thin layer chromatographic layer using gold nanoparticles grafted 3-triethoxysilyl propylamine modified silica gel (Au NPs-APTS modified silica gel was developed as a stationary phase for separation and determination of two steroid hormones, namely progesterone and testosterone. Acetone–n-hexane 25:75 (v/v was used as the mobile phase, and the results were compared with those obtained using plain (i.e., unmodified silica gel plates. Some chromatographic parameters used for separation of the two steroids on an Au NPs-APTS modified silica gel plate as well as on a plain silica gel plate, including ΔRF, separation factor (α, and resolution (RS, were evaluated and compared. The reproducibility of RF values was also determined by analysis of the two steroids in 7 consecutive days on both plates. Validity of the method was investigated, and a wide linear range of 1–200 ng per spot, and low detection limits of 0.16 ng and 0.13 ng per spot, low quantification limits of 0.51 ng and 0.40 ng per spot, and good precision (expressed as percent relative standard deviation lower than 3.1% and 2.7% were obtained for progesterone and testosterone, respectively. As the results revealed, the proposed method is rapid and sensitive, and it is applicable to separation and determination of progesterone and testosterone in biological matrices such as urine samples.

  7. M3(Au,Ge)19 and M(3.25)(Au,Ge)18 (M = Ca, Yb): distinctive phase separations driven by configurational disorder in cubic YCd6-type derivatives.

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    Lin, Qisheng; Corbett, John D

    2010-05-17

    Exploratory syntheses in the M-Au-Ge (M = Ca, Yb) systems have led to the discovery of two cleanly separated non-stoichiometric phases M(3)Au(approximately 14.4)Ge(approximately 4.6) (I) and M(3.25)Au(approximately 12.7)Ge(approximately 5.3) (II). Single crystal X-ray studies reveal that both (space group Im3) feature body-centered-cubic packing of five-shell multiply endohedral clusters that resemble those in the parent YCd(6) (= Y(3)Cd(18)) and are akin to approximate phases in other quasicrystal systems. However, differences resulting from various disorders in these are distinctive. The innermost cluster in the M(3)Au(approximately 14.4)Ge(approximately 4.6) phase (I) remains a disordered tetrahedron, as in the YCd(6) parent. In contrast, its counterpart in the electron-richer M(3.25)Au(approximately 12.7)Ge(approximately 5.3) phase (II) is a "rattling" M atom. The structural differentiations between I and II exhibit strong correlations between lattice parameters, cluster sizes, particular site occupancies, and valence electron counts.

  8. Anisotropy of a cubic ferromagnet at criticality

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    Kudlis, A.; Sokolov, A. I.

    2016-10-01

    Critical fluctuations change the effective anisotropy of cubic ferromagnet near the Curie point. If the crystal undergoes phase transition into orthorhombic phase and the initial anisotropy is not too strong, reduced anisotropy of nonlinear susceptibility acquires at Tc the universal value δ4*=2/v* 3 (u*+v*) where u* and v* are coordinates of the cubic fixed point on the flow diagram of renormalization group equations. In the paper, the critical value of the reduced anisotropy is estimated within the pseudo-ɛ expansion approach. The six-loop pseudo-ɛ expansions for u*, v*, and δ4* are derived for the arbitrary spin dimensionality n . For cubic crystals (n =3 ) higher-order coefficients of the pseudo-ɛ expansions obtained turn out to be so small that use of simple Padé approximants yields reliable numerical results. Padé resummation of the pseudo-ɛ series for u*, v*, and δ4* leads to the estimate δ4*=0.079 ±0.006 , indicating that detection of the anisotropic critical behavior of cubic ferromagnets in physical and computer experiments is certainly possible.

  9. Sol–gel-based silver nanoparticles-doped silica – Polydiphenylamine nanocomposite for micro-solid-phase extraction

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    Bagheri, Habib, E-mail: bagheri@sharif.edu; Banihashemi, Solmaz

    2015-07-30

    A nanocomposite of silica-polydiphenylamine doped with silver nanoparticles (Ag–SiO{sub 2}-PDPA) was successfully synthesized by the sol–gel process. For its preparation, PDPA was mixed with butanethiol capped Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and added to the silica sol solution. The Ag NPs were stabilized as a result of their adsorption on the SiO{sub 2} spheres. The surface characteristic of nanocomposite was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In this work the Ag–SiO{sub 2}-PDPA nanocomposite was employed as an efficient sorbent for micro-solid-phase extraction (μ-SPE) of some selected pesticides. An amount of 15 mg of the prepared sorbent was used to extract and determine the representatives from organophosphorous, organochlorine and aryloxyphenoxy propionic acids from aqueous samples. After the implementation of extraction process, the analytes were desorbed by methanol and determined using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS). Important parameters influencing the extraction and desorption processes such as pH of sample solution, salting out effect, type and volume of the desorption solvent, the sample loading and eluting flow rates along with the sample volume were experimentally optimized. Limits of detection (LODs) and the limits of quantification (LOQs) were in the range of 0.02–0.05 μg L{sup −1} and 0.1–0.2 μg L{sup −1}, respectively, using time scheduled selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode. The relative standard deviation percent (RSD %) with four replicates was in the range of 6–10%. The applicability of the developed method was examined by analyzing different environmental water samples and the relative recovery (RR %) values for the spiked water samples were found to be in the range of 86–103%. - Highlights: • A sol–gel-based silver nanoparticles doped silica-polydiphenylamine nanocomposite was synthesized. • The sorbent was applied to micro-solid-phase extraction of some selected pesticides in water

  10. EGDMA-cross-linked polystyrene resin: An efficient support for gel phase peptide synthesis

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    P K Ajikumar; K S Devaky

    2000-08-01

    This article illustrates the application of a 2% ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate-cross-linked polystyrene support (EGDMA-PS) in manual solid phase peptide synthesis. This copolymer has been characterised and optimised for peptide synthesis by performing the synthesis of a few model peptides and two biologically important peptides. EGDMA-cross-linked polystyrene support was prepared by the suspension polymerisation of the monomers EGDMA and styrene. EGDMA-PS resin undergoes facile swelling in a variety of solvents, both polar and nonpolar, used in peptide synthesis. The polymer was functionalised by Friedel-Crafts chloromethylation reaction. Peptides were assembled on a 2% cross-linked chloromethyl polymer support of capacity 1.63 mmol Cl/g. The biological peptides synthesised are an 11-residue peptide ATP binding site of the CDC2 kinase and a difficult sequence-a nineresidue peptide 34-42 corresponding to a portion of the hydrophobic terminus of the-amyloid protein 1-42. After synthesis, the peptides were cleaved from the support by treating with neat TFA. Purity of the peptides obtained in good yield was checked by TLC and HPLC methods and found to be fairly high.

  11. Landau theory description of observed isotropic to anisotropic phase transition in mixed clay gels

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    Pujala, Ravi Kumar; Pawar, Nisha; Bohidar, H. B.

    2011-05-01

    A characteristic new cooperative dehydration transition, in 1:1 Laponite-MMT cogel, was observed at Tc ≈ 60 °C, a temperature at which the storage modulus (G') and depolarization ratio (Dp) showed sharp increase, and the isotropic cogel turned into an anisotropic one. The dehydration dynamics could be described through power-law relations: G' ˜ (Tc - T)-γ and Dp ˜ (Tc - T)-β with γ ≈ β = 0.40 ± 0.05. The x-ray diffraction data revealed that the crystallite size decreased from 17 nm (at 20 °C) to 10 nm (at 80 °C) implying loss of free and inter-planar water. When this cogel was spontaneously cooled below Tc, it exhibited much larger storage modulii values which implied the existence of several metastable states in this system. This phase transition could be modeled through Landau theory, where the depolarization ratio was used as experimental order parameter (ψ). This parameter was found to scale with temperature, as ψ ˜ (Tc - T)-α, with power-law exponent α = 0.40 ± 0.05; interestingly, we found α ≈ β ≈ γ.

  12. Coherent Fe-rich nano-scale perovskite oxide phase in epitaxial Sr2FeMoO6 films grown on cubic and scandate substrates

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    Deniz, Hakan; Preziosi, Daniele; Alexe, Marin; Hesse, Dietrich

    2017-01-01

    We report the growth of high-quality epitaxial Sr2FeMoO6 (SFMO) thin films on various unconventional oxide substrates, such as TbScO3, DyScO3, and Sr2Al0.3Ga0.7TaO6 (SAGT) as well as on the most commonly used one, SrTiO3 (STO), by pulsed laser deposition. The films were found to contain a foreign nano-scale phase coherently embedded inside the SFMO film matrix. Through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy, we identified the foreign phase to be Sr2-xFe1+yMo1-yO6, an off-stoichiometric derivative of the SFMO compound with Fe rich content (y ≈ 0.6) and a fairly identical crystal structure to SFMO. The films on STO and SAGT exhibited very good magnetic properties with high Curie temperature values. All the samples have fairly good conducting behavior albeit the presence of a foreign phase. Despite the relatively large number of items of the foreign phase, there is no significant deterioration in the properties of the SFMO films. We discuss in detail how magneto-transport properties are affected by the foreign phase.

  13. Ferrimagnetism in Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub 1-y}Cu{sub x+y} alloys in the cubic {kappa} (B2) phase

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    Paduani, C. [DF-UFSC, Florianopolis, CEP 88040-900, SC (Brazil); Schaf, J. [IF-UFRGS, Porto Alegre, CEP 91501-970, RS (Brazil); Ardisson, J.D. [CDTN, Belo Horizonte, CEP 30123-970, MG (Brazil); Krause, J.C. [DCET-URI, Santo Angelo, CEP 98802-470, RS (Brazil)

    2010-09-15

    In this study we report results of X-ray diffraction and dc magnetization measurements in Mn{sub 1-x}Al{sub 1-y}Cu{sub x+y} alloys in the {kappa} phase which has a B2 (CsCl-type) structure. Increasing Cu doping not only weakens the ferromagnetic order and strongly affects Curie temperature (T{sub C}) but also imposes a competition mechanism between ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic spin correlations which induces the appearance of cluster spin-glasslike phase at low temperatures. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  14. Influence of calcination temperature on sol-gel synthesized single-phase bismuth titanate for high dielectric capacitor applications

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    Thiruramanathan, Pandirengan; Marikani, Arumugam [Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Physics; Madhavan, Durairaj [Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Chemistry; Bharadwaj, Suresh; Awasthi, Anand Mohan [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore (India). Thermodynamics Lab.

    2016-05-15

    An inexpensive sol-gel combustion method using citric acid as fuel has been used to synthesize bismuth titanate, Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} nanopowders. Thermogravimetric analysis proved that a calcination temperature of 900 C is sufficient for the preparation of single-phase bismuth titanate. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used to examine the influence of calcination temperature on the structural growth of the Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} nanopowder. The average crystallite size estimated by using the Scherrer method and the Williamson-Hall method was found to increase with calcination temperature. Photoluminescence behavior as a function of calcination temperature was observed at two different excitation wavelengths of 300 nm and 420 nm. The morphology of the particles analyzed using images obtained from field emission scanning electron microscopy displayed irregular, random sized, and spherical-shaped structures. The stoichiometry and purity of the nanopowder are confirmed by energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The broadband dielectric results established the highest dielectric constant (ε{sub r} = 450) for a frequency of 100 Hz achieved with a potential capacitance of 138 pF m{sup -2}. This establishes Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} as a promising dielectric material for achieving high energy density capacitors for the next-generation passive devices.

  15. Anisotropic cubic curvature couplings

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    Bailey, Quentin G

    2016-01-01

    To complement recent work on tests of spacetime symmetry in gravity, cubic curvature couplings are studied using an effective field theory description of spacetime-symmetry breaking. The associated mass dimension 8 coefficients for Lorentz violation studied do not result in any linearized gravity modifications and instead are revealed in the first nonlinear terms in an expansion of spacetime around a flat background. We consider effects on gravitational radiation through the energy loss of a binary system and we study two-body orbital perturbations using the post-Newtonian metric. Some effects depend on the internal structure of the source and test bodies, thereby breaking the Weak Equivalence Principle for self-gravitating bodies. These coefficients can be measured in solar-system tests, while binary-pulsar systems and short-range gravity tests are particularly sensitive.

  16. Hexagonal-to-cubic phase transformation in composite thin films induced by FePt nanoparticles located at PS/PEO interfaces.

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    Aissou, Karim; Fleury, Guillaume; Pecastaings, Gilles; Alnasser, Thomas; Mornet, Stéphane; Goglio, Graziella; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2011-12-06

    The organization process of asymmetric poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) copolymer thin films blended with FePt nanoparticles is studied. In a first step, it is shown that FePt nanoparticles stabilized by oleic acid ligands are distributed within the PS matrix phase, whereas the same particles partially covered with short dopamine-terminated-methoxy poly(ethylene oxide) (mPEO-Dopa) are located at PS/PEO interfaces. The swelling of PS domains, induced by FePt_oleic acid nanoparticles during the solvent annealing process, results in formation of a disordered microstructure in comparison to the well-organized hexagonally close-packed (HCP) cylinder phase formed in the neat PS-b-PEO copolymer. The evolution of the microstructure of PS-b-PEO/FePt_mPEO-Dopa composite has been investigated for different solvent annealing treatments. Under high-humidity conditions during the vapor annealing process, the addition of FePt nanoparticles results in formation of spheres in the film split into terraces. The upper and lower terraces are occupied by spheres organized in an unusual square and HCP phases, respectively. Under low-humidity conditions, undulated PEO cylinders oriented parallel to substrate are formed in the presence of FePt nanoparticles. In this case, we observe that most of the nanoparticles accumulate within the core of topological defects, which induces a low nanoparticle concentration at the PS/PEO interfaces and so stabilizes an intermediate undulated cylinder phase.

  17. Collapse of the magnetic moment under pressure of AFe2 (A=Y, Zr, Lu and Hf) in the cubic Laves phase

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    Zhang, Wenxu; Zhang, Wanli

    2016-04-01

    The electronic structures of four Laves phase iron compounds (e.g. YFe2, ZrFe2, LuFe2 and HfFe2) have been calculated with a state-of-the-art full potential electronic structure code. Our theoretical work predicted that the magnetic moments collapse under hydrostatic pressure. This feature is found to be universal in these materials. Its electronic origin is provided by the sharp peaks in the density of states near the Fermi level. It is shown that a first order quantum phase transition can be expected under pressure in Y(Zr, or Lu)Fe2, while a second order one in HfFe2. The bonding characteristics are discussed to elucidate the equilibrium lattice constant variation. The large spontaneous volume magnetostriction gives one of the most important characteristics of these compounds. Invar anomalies in these compounds can be partly explained by the current work when the fast continuous magnetic moment decrease with the decrease of the lattice constant was properly considered. This work may be as a first insight into the rich world of quantum phase transition and Invar mechanism in these Laves phase compounds.

  18. Development of lamellar gel phase emulsion containing marigold oil (Calendula officinalis) as a potential modern wound dressing.

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    Okuma, C H; Andrade, T A M; Caetano, G F; Finci, L I; Maciel, N R; Topan, J F; Cefali, L C; Polizello, A C M; Carlo, T; Rogerio, A P; Spadaro, A C C; Isaac, V L B; Frade, M A C; Rocha-Filho, P A

    2015-04-25

    Appropriate therapeutics for wound treatments can be achieved by studying the pathophysiology of tissue repair. Here we develop formulations of lamellar gel phase (LGP) emulsions containing marigold (Calendula officinalis) oil, evaluating their stability and activity on experimental wound healing in rats. LGP emulsions were developed and evaluated based on a phase ternary diagram to select the best LGP emulsion, having a good amount of anisotropic structure and stability. The selected LGP formulation was analyzed according to the intrinsic and accelerated physical stability at different temperatures. In addition, in vitro and in vivo studies were carried out on wound healing rats as a model. The LGP emulsion (15.0% marigold oil; 10.0% of blend surfactants and 75.0% of purified water [w/w/w]) demonstrated good stability and high viscosity, suggesting longer contact of the formulation with the wound. No cytotoxic activity (50-1000 μg/mL) was observed in marigold oil. In the wound healing rat model, the LGP (15 mg/mL) showed an increase in the leukocyte recruitment to the wound at least on days 2 and 7, but reduced leukocyte recruitment after 14 and 21 days, as compared to the control. Additionally, collagen production was reduced in the LGP emulsion on days 2 and 7 and further accelerated the process of re-epithelialization of the wound itself. The methodology utilized in the present study has produced a potentially useful formulation for a stable LGP emulsion-containing marigold, which was able to improve the wound healing process.

  19. Differential ability of cholesterol-enriched and gel phase domains to resist benzyl alcohol-induced fluidization in multilamellar lipid vesicles.

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    Maula, Terhi; Westerlund, Bodil; Slotte, J Peter

    2009-11-01

    Benzyl alcohol (BA) has a well-known fluidizing effect on both artificial and cellular membranes. BA is also likely to modulate the activities of certain membrane proteins by decreasing the membrane order. This phenomenon is presumably related to the ability of BA to interrupt interactions between membrane proteins and the surrounding lipids by fluidizing the lipid bilayer. The components of biological membranes are laterally diversified into transient assemblies of varying content and order, and many proteins are suggested to be activated or inactivated by their localization in or out of membrane domains displaying different physical phases. We studied the ability of BA to fluidize artificial bilayer membranes representing liquid-disordered, cholesterol-enriched and gel phases. Multilamellar vesicles were studied by steady-state fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene and trans-parinaric acid, which display different phase partitioning. Domains of different degree of order and thermal stability showed varying abilities to resist fluidization by BA. In bilayers composed of mixtures of an unsaturated phosphatidylcholine, a saturated high melting temperature lipid (sphingomyelin or phosphatidylcholine) and cholesterol, BA fluidized and lowered the melting temperature of the ordered and gel phase domains. In general, cholesterol-enriched domains were more resistant to BA than pure gel phase domains. In contrast, bilayers containing high melting temperature gel phase domains containing a ceramide or a galactosylceramide proved to be the most effective in resisting fluidization. The results of our study suggest that the ability of BA to affect the fluidity and lateral organization of the membranes was dependent on the characteristic features of the membrane compositions studied and related to the intermolecular cohesion in the domains.

  20. Fractal Symmetries: Ungauging the Cubic Code

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    Williamson, Dominic J

    2016-01-01

    Gauging is a ubiquitous tool in many-body physics. It allows one to construct highly entangled topological phases of matter from relatively simple phases and to relate certain characteristics of the two. Here we develop a gauging procedure for general submanifold symmetries of Pauli Hamiltonians, including symmetries of fractal type. We show a relation between the pre- and post- gauging models and use this to construct short range entangled phases with fractal like symmetries, one of which is mapped to the cubic code by the gauging.

  1. Preparation and characteristics of high pH-resistant sol-gel alumina-based hybrid organic-inorganic coating for solid-phase microextraction of polar compounds.

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    Liu, Mingming; Liu, Ying; Zeng, Zhaorui; Peng, Tianyou

    2006-03-10

    A novel alumina-based hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel coating was first developed for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) from a highly reactive alkoxide precursor, aluminum sec-butoxide, and a sol-gel-active organic polymer hydroxyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (OH-TSO). The underlying mechanism was discussed and confirmed by IR spectra. The porous surface structure of the sol-gel coating was revealed by scanning electron microscopy. A detailed investigation was conducted to evaluate the remarked performance of the newly developed sol-gel alumina-OH-TSO hybrid materials. In stark contrast to the sol-gel silica-based coating, the alumina-based coating demonstrated excellent pH stability. In addition, good thermal resistance and coating preparation reproducibility are also its outstanding performance. As compared to silica-based hybrids material, the ligand exchange ability of alumina makes it structurally superior extraction sorbents for polar compounds, such as fatty acids, phenols, alcohols, aldehydes and amines. Practical applicability of the prepared alumina-OH-TSO fiber was demonstrated through the analysis of volatile alcohols and fatty acids in beer. The recoveries obtained ranged from 85.7 to 104% and the relative standard deviation values for all analytes were below 9%.

  2. Equation of state modeling of the phase equilibria of asymmetric CO2+n-alkane binary systems using mixing rules cubic with respect to mole fraction

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    Cismondi, Martin; Mollerup, Jørgen M.; Zabaloy, Marcelo S.

    2010-01-01

    interaction parameters) in modern equations of state.In particular, the phase equilibria of binary mixtures containing CO2 and heavy n-alkanes have been studied by an important number of authors and using different types of models, achieving only partially accurate results and realizing the difficulties...... for the first time a quite successful complete description of asymmetric CO2+n-alkane binary systems, with n-alkane carbon number from 14 to 22....

  3. Collapse of the magnetic moment under pressure of AFe{sub 2} (A=Y, Zr, Lu and Hf) in the cubic Laves phase

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    Zhang, Wenxu, E-mail: xwzhang@uestc.edu.cn; Zhang, Wanli

    2016-04-15

    The electronic structures of four Laves phase iron compounds (e.g. YFe{sub 2}, ZrFe{sub 2}, LuFe{sub 2} and HfFe{sub 2}) have been calculated with a state-of-the-art full potential electronic structure code. Our theoretical work predicted that the magnetic moments collapse under hydrostatic pressure. This feature is found to be universal in these materials. Its electronic origin is provided by the sharp peaks in the density of states near the Fermi level. It is shown that a first order quantum phase transition can be expected under pressure in Y(Zr, or Lu)Fe{sub 2}, while a second order one in HfFe{sub 2}. The bonding characteristics are discussed to elucidate the equilibrium lattice constant variation. The large spontaneous volume magnetostriction gives one of the most important characteristics of these compounds. Invar anomalies in these compounds can be partly explained by the current work when the fast continuous magnetic moment decrease with the decrease of the lattice constant was properly considered. This work may be as a first insight into the rich world of quantum phase transition and Invar mechanism in these Laves phase compounds. - Highlights: • Magnetic moment of YFe{sub 2}, ZrFe{sub 2}, LuFe{sub 2} and HfFe{sub 2} collapses under pressure. • The transition in Y(Zr or Lu) Fe{sub 2} under pressure is first order. • The transition in HfFe{sub 2} under pressure is second order. • The Invar effects in the compounds can be put into the magnetostriction model.

  4. Sol-Gel Glasses

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    Mukherjee, S. P.

    1985-01-01

    Multicomponent homogeneous, ultrapure noncrystalline gels/gel derived glasses are promising batch materials for the containerless glass melting experiments in microgravity. Hence, ultrapure, homogeneous gel precursors could be used to: (1) investigate the effect of the container induced nucleation on the glass forming ability of marginally glass forming compositions; and (2) investigate the influence of gravity on the phase separation and coarsening behavior of gel derived glasses in the liquid-liquid immiscibility zone of the nonsilicate systems having a high density phase. The structure and crystallization behavior of gels in the SiO2-GeO2 as a function of gel chemistry and thermal treatment were investigated. As are the chemical principles involved in the distribution of a second network former in silica gel matrix being investigated. The procedures for synthesizing noncrystalline gels/gel-monoliths in the SiO2-GeO2, GeO2-PbO systems were developed. Preliminary investigations on the levitation and thermal treatment of germania silicate gel-monoliths in the Pressure Facility Acoustic Levitator were done.

  5. Cooperative Jahn–Teller effect and the role of strain in the tetragonal-to-cubic phase transition in MgxCu1 − xCr2O4

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    Serena C. Tarantino

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Temperature and composition dependences of the I41/amd → Fd\\bar 3m phase transition in the MgxCu1 − xCr2O4 spinel solid solution, due to the melting of the cooperative Jahn–Teller distortion, have been studied by means of single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystals with x = 0, 0.10, 0.18, 0.43, 0.46, 0.53, 1 were grown by flux decomposition methods. All crystals have been refined in the tetragonal I41/amd space group except for the Mg end-member, which has cubic symmetry. In MgxCu1 − xCr2O4 the progressive substitution of the Jahn–Teller, d9 Cu2+ cation with spherical and closed-shell Mg2+ has a substantial effect on the crystal structure, such that there is a gradual reduction of the splitting of a and c unit-cell parameters and flattening of the tetrahedra. Single-crystal diffraction data collected in situ up to T = 1173 K show that the tetragonal-to-cubic transition temperature decreases with increasing Mg content. The strength of the Cu—Cu interaction is, in effect, modulated by varying the Cu/Mg ratio. Structure refinements of diffraction data collected at different temperatures reveal that heating results in a gradual reduction in the tetrahedron compression, which remains significant until near the transition temperature, however, at which point the distortion of the tetrahedra rapidly vanishes. The spontaneous strain arising in the tetragonal phase is large, amounting to 10% shear strain, et, and ∼ 1% volume strain, Vs, in the copper chromite end-member at room temperature. Observed strain relationships are consistent with pseudoproper ferroelastic behaviour (e_{\\rm t}^2 ∝ Vs ∝ q_{\\rm JT}^2, where qJT is the order parameter. The I41/amd → Fd\\bar 3m phase transition is first order in character for Cu-rich samples and then evolves towards second-order character. Although a third order term is permitted by symmetry in the Landau expansion, this behaviour appears to be more accurately represented by a 246

  6. Synthesis of nano-scale fast ion conducting cubic Li7La3Zr2O12

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    Sakamoto, Jeff; Rangasamy, Ezhiylmurugan; Kim, Hyunjoung; Kim, Yunsung; Wolfenstine, Jeff

    2013-10-01

    A solution-based process was investigated for synthesizing cubic Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO), which is known to exhibit the unprecedented combination of fast ionic conductivity, and stability in air and against Li. Sol-gel chemistry was developed to prepare solid metal-oxide networks consisting of 10 nm cross-links that formed the cubic LLZO phase at 600 ° C. Sol-gel LLZO powders were sintered into 96% dense pellets using an induction hot press that applied pressure while heating. After sintering, the average LLZO grain size was 260 nm, which is 13 times smaller compared to LLZO prepared using a solid-state technique. The total ionic conductivity was 0.4 mS cm-1 at 298 K, which is the same as solid-state synthesized LLZO. Interestingly, despite the same room temperature conductivity, the sol-gel LLZO total activation energy is 0.41 eV, which 1.6 times higher than that observed in solid-state LLZO (0.26 eV). We believe the nano-scale grain boundaries give rise to unique transport phenomena that are more sensitive to temperature when compared to the conventional solid-state LLZO.

  7. Synthesis and electrochemistry of cubic rocksalt Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds in the phase diagram of LiNiO 2-LiTiO 2-Li[Li 1/3Ti 2/3]O 2

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    Zhang, Lianqi; Noguchi, Hideyuki; Li, Decheng; Muta, Takahisa; Wang, Xiaoqing; Yoshio, Masaki; Taniguchi, Izumi

    On the basis of extreme similarity between the triangle phase diagrams of LiNiO 2-LiTiO 2-Li[Li 1/3Ti 2/3]O 2 and LiNiO 2-LiMnO 2-Li[Li 1/3Mn 2/3]O 2, new Li-Ni-Ti-O series with a nominal composition of Li 1+ z/3Ni 1/2- z/2Ti 1/2+ z/6O 2 (0 ≤ z ≤ 0.5) was designed and attempted to prepare via a spray-drying method. XRD identified that new Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds had cubic rocksalt structure, in which Li, Ni and Ti were evenly distributed on the octahedral sites in cubic closely packed lattice of oxygen ions. They can be considered as the solid solution between cubic LiNi 1/2Ti 1/2O 2 and Li[Li 1/3Ti 2/3]O 2 (high temperature form). Charge-discharge tests showed that Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds with appropriate compositions could display a considerable capacity (more than 80 mAh g -1 for 0.2 ≤ z ≤ 0.27) at room temperature in the voltage range of 4.5-2.5 V and good electrochemical properties within respect to capacity (more than 150 mAh g -1 for 0 ≤ z ≤ 0.27), cycleability and rate capability at an elevated temperature of 50 °C. These suggest that the disordered cubic structure in some cases may function as a good host structure for intercalation/deintercalation of Li +. A preliminary electrochemical comparison between Li 1+ z/3Ni 1/2- z/2Ti 1/2+ z/6O 2 (0 ≤ z ≤ 0.5) and Li 6/5Ni 2/5Ti 2/5O 2 indicated that charge-discharge mechanism based on Ni redox at the voltage of >3.0 V behaved somewhat differently, that is, Ni could be reduced to +2 in Li 1+ z/3Ni 1/2- z/2Ti 1/2+ z/6O 2 while +3 in Li 6/5Ni 2/5Ti 2/5O 2. Reduction of Ti 4+ at a plateau of around 2.3 V could be clearly detected in Li 1+ z/3Ni 1/2- z/2Ti 1/2+ z/6O 2 with 0.27 ≤ z ≤ 0.5 at 50 °C after a deep charge associated with charge compensation from oxygen ion during initial cycle.

  8. Cubic-scaling algorithm and self-consistent field for the random-phase approximation with second-order screened exchange.

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    Moussa, Jonathan E

    2014-01-07

    The random-phase approximation with second-order screened exchange (RPA+SOSEX) is a model of electron correlation energy with two caveats: its accuracy depends on an arbitrary choice of mean field, and it scales as O(n(5)) operations and O(n(3)) memory for n electrons. We derive a new algorithm that reduces its scaling to O(n(3)) operations and O(n(2)) memory using controlled approximations and a new self-consistent field that approximates Brueckner coupled-cluster doubles theory with RPA+SOSEX, referred to as Brueckner RPA theory. The algorithm comparably reduces the scaling of second-order Mo̸ller-Plesset perturbation theory with smaller cost prefactors than RPA+SOSEX. Within a semiempirical model, we study H2 dissociation to test accuracy and Hn rings to verify scaling.

  9. Cubic-scaling algorithm and self-consistent field for the random-phase approximation with second-order screened exchange

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    Moussa, Jonathan E., E-mail: godotalgorithm@gmail.com [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)

    2014-01-07

    The random-phase approximation with second-order screened exchange (RPA+SOSEX) is a model of electron correlation energy with two caveats: its accuracy depends on an arbitrary choice of mean field, and it scales as O(n{sup 5}) operations and O(n{sup 3}) memory for n electrons. We derive a new algorithm that reduces its scaling to O(n{sup 3}) operations and O(n{sup 2}) memory using controlled approximations and a new self-consistent field that approximates Brueckner coupled-cluster doubles theory with RPA+SOSEX, referred to as Brueckner RPA theory. The algorithm comparably reduces the scaling of second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory with smaller cost prefactors than RPA+SOSEX. Within a semiempirical model, we study H{sub 2} dissociation to test accuracy and H{sub n} rings to verify scaling.

  10. Direct synthesis of pure H3S from S and H elements: No evidence of the cubic superconducting phase up to 160 GPa

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    Guigue, Bastien; Marizy, Adrien; Loubeyre, Paul

    2017-01-01

    The H3S compound was reproducibly synthesized by laser heating hydrogen-embedded solid sulfur samples at various pressures above 75 GPa in a diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffraction studies were conducted up to 160 GPa and the crystal structure has been identified with space group C c c m . The stability of this sole orthorhombic H3S phase up to 160 GPa contradicts ab initio calculations that predict the stability of a sequence of two metallic superconductive structures above 110 GPa, with R 3 m and I m 3 ¯m symmetries. This work also has strong implications for the current understanding of the 200 K superconductivity phenomenon in H2S since it seems to rule out the hypothesis of the decomposition of H2S into sulfur and superconducting H3S .

  11. Perpentylated (2, 3, 6-Tri-O-pentyl)-β-cyclodextrin Used as Capillary Gas Chromatographic Stationary Phase Prepared by Sol-gel Technology

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    Min Min LIANG; Mei Ling QI; Yu LENG; Ruo Nong FU

    2005-01-01

    Capillary column preparation using perpentylated (2,3,6-tri-O-pentyl)-β-cyclodextrin as stationary phase by sol-gel technology with simplicity and rapidity is described. Multiple preparation steps in conventional column technology were avoided. The prepared columns exhibit satisfactory chromatographic performances and pronounced selectivity for a wide range of test solutes, and have been successfully used for the separation of nitrotoluene, dimethoxybenzene,alcohols, alkanes, dimethylphenol and cresol isomers.

  12. Synthesis of YAG:Ce3+ Phosphor by Polyacrylamide Gel Method and Promoting Action of α-Al2O3 Seed Crystal on Phase Formation

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    Li Yongxiu; Li Yinyi; Min Yulin; Wu Yanli; Cheng Changming; Zhou Xuezhen; Gu Ziying

    2005-01-01

    YAG:Ce3+ phosphor particles were prepared using polyacrylamide gel method. The structure evolution of powders during annealing process was followed by X-ray diffraction determination. It is found that some intermediate phases, including θ-Al2O3, YAM and YAP, are formed when calcining polyacrylamide gel, however, the pure YAG phase can be formed directly when calcining polyacrylamide gel with α-Al2O3 as seed crystal. These facts show that the existence of α-Al2O3 seed crystal can block the formation of θ-Al2O3, YAM and YAP, and accelerate its reaction with Y2O3 to form YAG phase directly at lower temperature. The emission peak of prepared YAG:Ce3+ phosphor is wide with maximum at 550 nm and the exitation band has two peaks, the major one is around at 460 nm, which matches the blue emission of GaN LED and is suitable for the assemble of white LED. Some fluxes can enhance the photoluminescence intensity of phosphor particles, that can be attributed both to the improvement of crystallization processes of YAG and to the stabilization of trivalence cerium ion in YAG:Ce3+.

  13. Densitometric HPTLC method for qualitative, quantitative analysis and stability study of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations utilizing normal and reversed-phase silica gel plates.

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    Abdel-Kader, Maged Saad; Alam, Prawez; Alqasoumi, Saleh Ibrahim

    2016-03-01

    Two simple, precise and stability-indicating densitometric HPTLC method were developed and validated for qualitative and quantitative analysis of Coenzyme Q10 in pharmaceutical formulations using normal-phase (Method I) and reversed phase (Method II) silica gel TLC plates. Both methods were developed and validated with 10×20 cm glass-backed plates coated with 0.2 mm layers of either silica gel 60 F254 (E-Merck, Germany) using hexane-ethyl acetate (8.5:1.5 v/v) as developing system (Method I) or RP-18 silica gel 60 F254 (E-Merck, Germany) using methanol-acetone (4:6 v/v) as mobile phase (Method II). Both analyses were scanned with a densitometer at 282 nm. Linearity was found in the ranges 50-800 ng/spot (r(2)=0.9989) and 50-800 ng/spot (r(2)=0.9987) for Method I and Method II respectively. Stability of Coenzyme Q10 was explored by the two methods using acid, base, hydrogen peroxide, temperature and different solvents. Due to the efficiency of the method in separating Coenzyme Q10 from other ingredients including its degradation products, it can be applied for quality control, standardization of different pharmaceutical formulations and stability study.

  14. Hardness and thermal stability of cubic silicon nitride

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Kragh, Flemming; Frost, D. J.

    2001-01-01

    The hardness and thermal stability of cubic spinel silicon nitride (c-Si3N4), synthesized under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, have been studied by microindentation measurements, and x-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively The phase at ambient...... temperature has an average hardness of 35.31 GPa, slightly larger than SiO2 stishovite, which is often referred to as the third hardest material after diamond and cubic boron nitride. The cubic phase is stable up to 1673 K in air. At 1873 K, alpha -and beta -Si3N4 phases are observed, indicating a phase...... transformation sequence of c-to-alpha -to-beta -Si3N4 phases....

  15. Direct sub-micron microstructuring on cylinder using TiO2 sol-gel process and radial phase mask based lithography

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    Berthod, L.; Vocanson, F.; Langlet, M.; Veillas, C.; Reynaud, S.; Verrier, I.; Laukkanen, J.; Parriaux, O.; Jourlin, Y.

    2016-04-01

    Design and fabrication of a high efficiency phase mask have been performed for printing submicron period gratings along 8 mm diameter glass cylinders. In this article, the authors present the radial phase mask specially designed and manufactured for a cylindrical surface micro-structuring under UV photolithography. Its period is sub-micron (480 nm sol-gel TiO2 thin film layer, enabling direct photo patterning on functionalized layer. The feasibility of a grating printed with a period of Λcylin = 960 nm on an 8 mm diameter cylinder with this dedicated mask has been demonstrated.

  16. Graphene oxide based sol-gel stainless steel fiber for the headspace solid-phase microextraction of organophosphate ester flame retardants in water samples.

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    Jin, Tingting; Cheng, Jing; Cai, Cuicui; Cheng, Min; Wu, Shiju; Zhou, Hongbin

    2016-07-29

    In this paper, graphene oxide was coated onto a stainless steel wire through sol-gel technique and it was used as a solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The prepared fiber was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which displayed that the fiber had crinkled surface and porous structure The application of the fiber was evaluated through the headspace SPME of nine organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPFRs) with different characteristics in water samples followed by gas chromatography and nitrogen-phosphorous detector (GC/NPD). The major factors influencing the extraction efficiency, including the extraction and desorption conditions, were studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the proposed method was evaluated, and applied to the analysis of organophosphate ester flame retardants in real environmental water samples. The results demonstrated the HS-SPME method based on GO sol-gel fiber had good linearity (R>0.9928), and limits of detection (1.4-135.6ngL(-1)), high repeatability (RSDsol-gel fiber displayed bigger extraction capability than the commercial PDMS fiber and the pure sol-gel fiber for both polar and apolar organophosphate esters, especially for the OPFRs containing benzene rings.

  17. pH-resistant titania hybrid organic-inorganic sol-gel coating for solid-phase microextraction of polar compounds.

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    Li, Xiujuan; Gao, Jie; Zeng, Zhaorui

    2007-05-02

    A novel titania-hydroxy-terminated silicone oil (titania-OH-TSO) sol-gel coating was developed for solid-phase microextraction of polar compounds. In general, titania-based sol-gel reaction is very fast and need to be decelerated by the use of suitable chelating agents. But in the present work, a judiciously designed sol solution ingredients was used to create the titania-OH-TSO coating without the addition of any chelating agent, which simplified the sol-gel procedure. Thanks to the variety of titania's adsorption sites and their acid-base characteristics, aromatic amines, phenols and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were efficiently extracted and preconcentrated from aqueous samples followed by thermal desorption and GC analysis. The newly developed sol-gel hybrid titania coating demonstrated excellent pH stability, and retained its extraction characteristics intact even after continuous rinsing with a 3 M HCl or NaOH solution for 12 h. Furthermore, it could withstand temperatures as high as 320 degrees C. Practical application was demonstrated through the analysis of six aromatic amines in dye process wastewater. A linearity of four orders of magnitude was obtained with correlation coefficient better than 0.9982. The detection limits ranged from 0.22 to 0.84 microg L(-1) and the repeatability of the measurements was <7.0%. The recoveries of these compounds studied in the wastewater were in the ranges 83.6-101.4%, indicating the method accuracy.

  18. COVALENTLY BONDING CHIRAL POLYURETHANE ON AMINATED SILICA GEL: A NEW STRATEGY TO PREPARE CHIRAL STATIONARY PHASE FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

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    Shao-hua Huang; Zheng-wu Bai; Chuan-qi Yin; Shi-rong Li

    2006-01-01

    Two polyurethanes of different molecular weights were prepared by the copolymerization of phenyl diisocyanate and diisopropyl tartrate. The polyurethanes having terminal isocyanate groups were reacted with 3-aminopropyl silica gel to afford two chiral stationary phases. The (M-)n of the two polyurethanes were 4057 g/mol and 6442 g/mol. The polyurethanes and the corresponding chiral stationary phases were characterized by FT-IR, 1H NMR and elemental analysis. The loading capacities of the polyurethanes on silica gel were 0.68 mmol units/g and 0.61 mmol units/g, respectively. The separation performance and the influence of additives, triethylamine and trichloroacetic acid, on the separation of chiral compounds were investigated by HPLC. The chiral stationary phase prepared from polyurethane with (M-)n of 4057 g/mol demonstrated better enantioseparation capability than that with (M-)n of 6442 g/mol. Additionally, it was found that the addition of triethylamine and trichloroacetic acid in the mobile phases significantly improved the enantioseparation for these two chiral stationary phases.

  19. The compressibility of cubic white and orthorhombic, rhombohedral, and simple cubic black phosphorus

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    Clark, Simon M; Zaug, Joseph

    2010-03-10

    The effect of pressure on the crystal structure of white phosphorus has been studied up to 22.4 GPa. The ?alpha phase was found to transform into the alpha' phase at 0.87 +- 0.04 GPa with a volume change of 0.1 +- 0.3 cc/mol. A fit of a second order Birch- Murnaghan equation to the data gave Vo = 16.94 ? 0.08 cc/mol and Ko = 6.7 +- 0.5 GPa for the alpha phase and Vo = 16.4 +- 0.1 cc/mol and Ko = 9.1 +- 0.3 GPa for the alpha' phase. The alpha' phase was found to transform to the A17 phase of black phosphorus at 2.68 +- 0.34 GPa and then with increasing pressure to the A7 and then simple cubic phase of black phosphorus. A fit of a second order Birch-Murnaghan equation to our data combined with previous measurements gave Vo = 11.43 +- 0.05 cc/mol and Ko = 34.7 +- 0.5 GPa for the A17 phase, Vo = 9.62 +- 0.01 cc/mol and Ko = 65.0 +- 0.6 GPa for the A7 phase and , Vo = 9.23 +- 0.01 cc/mol and Ko = 72.5 +- 0.3 GPa for the simple cubic phase.

  20. Non-Axial Characteristics of Strehl Ratio of Cubic Phase Mask in Wavefront Coding System%三次相位掩模板波前编码系统非轴向斯特雷尔比

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    范志刚; 陈守谦; 常虹; 许志高

    2011-01-01

    传统成像光学系统的点扩展函数(PSF)峰值位置在其光轴上,斯特雷尔比(SR)定义为有无像差轴向PSF强度之比,而波前编码系统在光瞳处相位变化为非旋转对称式,其PSF在像面上将产生偏移,利用PSF的轴向强度计算光学系统斯特雷尔比将不再适用.分析了三次相位掩模板PSF的位置偏移量,其是以焦面为对称轴的抛物线族.并在此基础上提出了适用于评价波前编码系统的非轴向斯特雷尔比(SRwc),分析了非轴向斯特雷尔比的变化特性,其幅值与相位板参量成反比.并利用非轴向斯特雷尔比研究了PSF的一致性及可恢复性问题,阐述了影响PSF一致性和可恢复性的因素.最后,提出了基于非轴向斯特雷尔比相位板参量的优化方法,该方法给出了相位板参量与系统一致性和可恢复性之间的定量关系.%For general imaging optical system, the peak position of point spread function (PSF) is located in the optical axis. Strehl ratio (SR) is defined as the ratio of on-axis values of PSF with and without aberrations, but PSF of wavefront coding system whose phase change in pupil plane is asymmetric has a shift in the image plane, so evaluation of wavefront coding system using traditional Strehl ratio is not appropriate. Shift value of PSF for cubic phase mask is carried out, which is a family of parabolas, whose focal plane is symmetrical axis. Based on this, nonaxial Strehl ratio of wavefront coding system is defined, whose different parameters are analyzed, and the magnitude of Strehl ratio is inversely proportional to parameter of phase mask. Non-axial Strehl ratio is used to evaluate consistency and recoverability of PSF. Finally, an evaluation method in order to optimize phase mask parameter is given, which can determine the relation between consistency and recoverability of PSF and phase mask parameter.

  1. A Cubic Tree Taper Model

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    Goodwin, Adrian N

    2009-01-01

    A flexible tree taper model based on a cubic polynomial is described. It is algebraically invertible and integrable, and can be constrained by one or two diameters, neither of which need be diameter at breast height (DBH...

  2. An introduction to the statistical physics of active matter: motility-induced phase separation and the "generic instability" of active gels

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    Marenduzzo, Davide

    2016-11-01

    In this work we review some statistical physics techniques to coarse grain active matter systems, writing down a set of continuum fields which track the evolution of macroscopic fields such as density, momentum, etc. While the method can be applied in general, we will focus here on two simple and by now well-studied, active matter examples. First, we will consider motility-induced phase separation, the phenomenon by which a concentrated suspension of self-propelled particles spontaneously separates into a dense and a dilute phase. Second, we will review the so-called "generic instability" of active gels, which refers to the nonequilibrium phase transition between a quiescent and a spontaneously flowing phase in a concentrated suspension of rodlike active particles. For both these cases, we also outline recent developments in the literature.

  3. The Effect of 24c-Site (A) Cation Substitution on the Tetragonal-Cubic Phase Transition in Li7-xLa3-xAxZr2O12 Garnet-Based Ceramic Electrolyte

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    2013-01-01

    showed that cubic LLZO was stabilized for Ce 0.2. These data agree with most literature reports suggesting that the 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 4...valent cation represented as x in Li7xLa3xCexZr2O12. The doping study showed that cubic LLZO was stabilized for Ce 0.2. These data agree with most...literature reports suggesting that the creation of Li vacancies, while maintaining oxygen stoichiometry, is necessary to stabilize cubic LLZO . Moreover

  4. Application of microwave-assisted desorption/headspace solid-phase microextraction as pretreatment step in the gas chromatographic determination of 1-naphthylamine in silica gel adsorbent.

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    Yan, Cheing-Tong; Jen, Jen-Fon; Shih, Tung-Sheng

    2007-03-30

    Pretreatment of silica gel sample containing 1-naphthylamine by microwave-assisted desorption (MAD) coupled to in situ headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) has been investigated as a possible alternative to conventional methods prior to gas chromatographic (GC) analysis. The 1-naphthylamine desorbs from silica gel to headspace under microwave irradiation, and directly absorbs onto a SPME fiber located in a controlled-temperature headspace area. After being collected on the SPME fiber, and desorbed in the GC injection port, 1-naphthylamine is analyzed by GC-FID. Parameters that influence the extraction efficiency of the MAD/HS-SPME, such as the extraction media and its pH, the microwave irradiation power and irradiation time as well as desorption conditions of the GC injector, have been investigated. Experimental results indicate that the extraction of a 150mg silica gel sample by using 0.8ml of 1.0M NaOH solution and a PDMS/DVB fiber under high-powered irradiation (477W) for 5min maximizes the extraction efficiency. Desorption of 1-naphthylamine from the SPME fiber in GC injector is optimal at 250 degrees C held for 3min. The detection limit of method is 8.30ng. The detected quantity of 1-naphthylamine obtained by the proposed method is 33.3 times of that obtained by the conventional solvent extraction method for the silica gel sample containing 100ng of 1-naphthylamine. It provides a simple, fast, sensitive and organic-solvent-free pretreatment procedure prior to the analysis of 1-naphthylamine collected on a silica gel adsorbent.

  5. Ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbents for hollow fiber solid-phase microextraction of pesticide residues in water and hair samples.

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    Ebrahimi, Mahmoud; Es'haghi, Zarrin; Samadi, Fatemeh; Hosseini, Mohammad-Saeid

    2011-11-18

    An ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbents for hollow fiber solid-phase microextraction (HF-SPME) was developed for extraction of the pesticides: diazinon, fenitrothion, malathion, fenvalerate, phosalone and tridemorph from human hair and water samples. The analytes were subsequently analyzed with high performance liquid chromatography and diode array detection (HPLC-DAD). Preliminary experiments were carried out in order to study experimental conditions for pesticides' extraction from spiked hair and water samples with HF-SPME using hollow fiber-supported ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbent. The sol-gel nanocomposites were reinforced with nanoparticles such as carboxylic functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (COOH-MWCNTs), amino functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (NH(2)-MWCNTs), nano SiO(2), nano TiO(2) and nano MgO comparatively to promote extraction efficiency. In this device, the innovative solid sorbents were developed by the sol-gel method via the reaction of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) with 2-amino-2-hydroxymethyl-propane-1,3-diol (TRIS). In the basic condition (pH 10-11), the gel growth process in the presence of ionic liquid and nanoparticles was initiated. Then, the sol was injected into a polypropylene hollow fiber segment for in situ gelation process. Parameters affecting the efficiency of HF-SPME were thoroughly investigated. Linearity was observed over a range of 0.01-25,000 ng/mL with detection limits between 0.004 and 0.095 ng/mL for the pesticides in the aqueous matrices and 0.003-0.080 ng/mL in the hair matrices. The relative recoveries in the real samples ranged from 82.0% to 94.0% for the pesticides store seller's hair and the work researchers' hair. Results are showing the great possibilities of HF-SPME-HPLC-PDA for analysis of pesticides in biological and environmental samples.

  6. The dependence of phase change enthalpy on the pore structure and interfacial groups in hydrated salts/silica composites via sol-gel.

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    Wu, Yuping; Wang, Tao

    2015-06-15

    It was found that the procedures for incorporating hydrated salts into silica, including mixing with sol in an instant (S1 procedure), mixing with sol via drop by drop (S2 procedure) and mixing until the sol forming the gel (S3 procedure), had pronounced effects on the phase change enthalpy of hydrated salts/silica composite via sol-gel process. The discrepancy of phase change enthalpies of the composites with the same content of hydrated salts can be as high as 40 kJ/kg. To unveil the mechanism behind, the pore structure of silica matrix and interfacial functional groups were investigated extensively. It was revealed that different incorporation procedures resulted in distinct pore structure of silica matrix and different intensities of interfacial Si-OH groups. The S3 procedure was beneficial to induce the silica matrix with bigger pore size and fewer Si-OH groups. Consequently, the phase change enthalpy of the hydrated salts/silica composite prepared by this procedure was the highest because of its lower size confinement effects and weaker adsorption by Si-OH groups. This study will provide insight into the preparation of shape-stabilized phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Silica-gel structural characterization during the initial phases of gelation and drying; Caracterizacao estrutural de geis de silica durante as etapas iniciais de gelacao e secagem

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    Ferreira, Max Passos

    1996-12-31

    For centuries, glasses and ceramics have been made via melting or solid state reactions at temperatures above 100 deg C. The sol-gel process offers new approaches to the synthesis of glasses and ceramics, combining control of composition and structure at the molecular level with the ability to shape materials in bulk, powder, fiber and thin-film forms. The growth of sol-gel technology research is due to the many unique features of that class of materials. Major applications include optical elements and integrated optical devices, ceramic filters, membranes, supercondutors, magnetic, catalytic and manostructured materials to antioxidant, anticorrosion coatings and composite and biomedical materials. In this work a variety of techniques like spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, light scattering nuclear magnetic resonance, X ray diffraction and nitrogen adsorption have been employed to investigate the initial phase of the sol-gel transition of gamma ray irradiated tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) solutions and non-irradiated TMOS solution and to get information about the structure of the silica gels obtained under different gelation conditions. Typically the tetramethoxysilane solutions were prepared using a molar ratio of TMOS to demineralized water of 1 to 16. Some experiments were made under catalysed conditions. The mixing was carried out at room temperature. The turbidity and light scattering experiments on the polycondensation of tetramethoxysilane show that exists no drastic difference in the gelling time of a gamma ray irradiated and a non-irradiated TMOS+H{sub 2}O (1+16 M) solution. In the absence of a catalyst, the gelling time for both reactions occurs in about 3.30 h. When HNO{sub 3} (o.03 M) was used, the gelling time observed was 3 days. Raman and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy show no drastic difference during the initial phase at the sol-gel transition under ambient temperature/pressure and under gamma radiation. The gels

  8. Determination of the structure of the cubic phase in high-ZrO{sub 2}Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} alloys by CBED

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    McClellan, K.J.; Xiao, S.Q.; Lagerlof, K.P.D.; Heuer, A.H. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    1993-06-20

    Convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) was used to determine the space group of 9.9 and 18 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized cubic ZrO{sub 2} (Y-CSZ) single crystals. The result (P43m space group) is different from the known tetragonal structure (P4{sub 2}/nmc space group) present in lower solute (3.2 mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) alloys, and the cubic structure (space group Fm3m) traditionally assumed for cubic ZrO{sub 2}. The oxygen sublattice of the cubic structure is distorted from Fm3m, relative to the cation sublattice, by displacements along the <111> directions. Computer simulations of the CBED patterns agree with experiment and suggest an anion displacement of {approximately}0.3 {Angstrom} from the (1/4,1/4,1/4) positions of the ideal fluorite structure.

  9. Local atomic structure in cubic stabilized zirconia

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    Villella, P.; Conradson, S. D.; Espinosa-Faller, F. J.; Foltyn, S. R.; Sickafus, K. E.; Valdez, J. A.; Degueldre, C. A.

    2001-09-01

    X-ray-absorption fine structure measurements have been used to elucidate the local atomic structure of quaternary Zr, Y, Er, Ce/U cubic stabilized zirconia. These compounds display more complicated local environments than those reported for simpler binary systems. While the shortest cation-O distances are similar to those found in the binary cubic stabilized compounds, responding to the different sizes of the cations, we have identified large distortions in the first-shell oxygen distribution involving long, 2.8--3.2 {angstrom} cation-O distances that are similar to those found in the amorphous phase of zirconium. The cation-cation distributions are also found to be quite complicated (non-Gaussian) and element specific. The U-near neighbor distances are expanded relative to the Ce ions for which it substitutes, consistent with the larger size of the actinide, and the U-cation distribution is also more complicated. In terms of the effects of this substitution on the other cation sites, the local environment around Y is altered while the Zr and Er local environments remain unchanged. These results point out the importance of collective and correlated interactions between the different pairs of cations and the host lattice that are mediated by the local strain fields generated by the different cations. The presence of pair-specific couplings has not been commonly included in previous analyses and may have implications for the stabilization mechanisms of cubic zirconia.

  10. Influence of cerium ions on the anatase-rutile phase transition of TiO2 prepared by sol-gel auto-igniting synthesis

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    YAN Qingzhi; SU Xintai; ZHOU Yanping; GE Changchun

    2005-01-01

    The anatase-rutile phase transformation of TiO2 doped cerium up to 5 mol% was studied by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by sol-gel auto-igniting synthesis process from a TiO(NO3)2-Ce(NO3)2-NH4NO3-citric acid complex compound system. The combusted amorphous powders were calcined at different temperatures. Significant structural changes were observed during the various stages of the phase transformation.It was concluded that at low dopant contents, cerium ions were incorporated into the TiO2 structure, and the anatase phase was stabilized; but at larger amounts, part of the dopant was segregated on the surface of TiO2 and the rutile formation was accelerated at elevated calcination temperature.

  11. DNA-gelatin complex coacervation, UCST and first-order phase transition of coacervate to anisotropic ion gel in 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid solutions.

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    Rawat, Kamla; Aswal, V K; Bohidar, H B

    2012-12-27

    Study of kinetics of complex coacervation occurring in aqueous 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid solution of low charge density polypeptide (gelatin A) and 200 base pair DNA, and thermally activated coacervate into anisotropic gel transition, is reported here. Associative interaction between DNA and gelatin A (GA) having charge ratio (DNA:GA = 16:1) and persistence length ratio (5:1) was studied at fixed DNA (0.005% (w/v)) and varying GA concentration (C(GA) = 0-0.25% (w/v)). The interaction profile was found to be strongly hierarchical and revealed three distinct binding regions: (i) Region I showed DNA-condensation (primary binding) for C(GA) coacervation. (iii) Region III (0.15 coacervate was found to be protein concentration specific in Raman studies. The binding profile of DNA-GA complex with IL concentration revealed optimum IL concentration (=0.05% (w/v)) was required to maximize the interactions. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data of coacervates gave static structure factor profiles, I(q) versus wave vector q, that were remarkably similar and invariant of protein concentration. This data could be split into two distinct regions: (i) for 0.0173 coacervate phase resided close to the gelation state of the protein. Thus, on a heating-cooling cycle (heating to 50 °C followed by cooling to 20 °C), the heterogeneous coacervate exhibited an irreversible first-order phase transition to an anisotropic ion gel. This established a coacervate-ion gel phase diagram having a well-defined UCST.

  12. LATTICE DEFORMATION AND PHASE TRANSFORMATION FROM NANO-SCALE ANATASE TO NANO-SCALE RUTILE TiO2 PREPARED BY A SOL-GEL TECHNIQUE

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    Yanqun Shao; Dian Tang; Jinghua Sun; Yekun Lee; Weihao Xiong

    2004-01-01

    Nano-scale rutile phase was transformed from nano-scale anatase upon heating, which was prepared by a sol-gel technique. The XRD data corresponding to the anatase and rutile phases were analyzed and the grain sizes of as-derived phases were calculated by Sherrer equation. The lattice parameters of the as-derived anatase and rutile unit cells were calculated and compared with those of standard lattice parameters on PDF cards. It was shown that the smaller the grain sizes, the larger the lattice deformation. The lattice parameter a has the negative deviation from the standard and the lattice parameter c has the positive deviation for both phases. The particles sizes had preferential influence on the longer parameter between the lattice parameters of a and c. With increasing temperatures, the lattice parameters of a and c in both phases approached to the equilibrium state. The larger lattice deformation facilitated the nucleation process, which lowered the transformation temperature. During the transformation from nano-scale anatase to rutile, besides the mechanism involving retention of the {112} pseudo-close-packed planes of oxygen in anatase as the{100} pseudo-close-packed planes in rutile, the new phase occurred by relaxation of lattice deformation and adjustment of the atomic sites in parent phase. The orientation relationships were suggested to be anatase {101}//rutile {101} and anatase //rutile, and the habit plane was anatase (101),

  13. Competing structural instabilities in cubic perovskites

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    Vanderbilt, D

    1994-01-01

    We study the antiferrodistortive instability and its interaction with ferroelectricity in cubic perovskite compounds. Our first-principles calculations show that coexistence of both instabilities is very common. We develop a first-principles scheme to study the thermodynamics of these compounds when both instabilities are present, and apply it to SrTiO$_3$. We find that increased pressure enhances the antiferrodistortive instability while suppressing the ferroelectric one. Moreover, the presence of one instability tends to suppress the other. A very rich $P$--$T$ phase diagram results.

  14. Tetragonal and cubic zirconia multilayered ceramic constructs created by EPD.

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    Mochales, Carolina; Frank, Stefan; Zehbe, Rolf; Traykova, Tania; Fleckenstein, Christine; Maerten, Anke; Fleck, Claudia; Mueller, Wolf-Dieter

    2013-02-14

    The interest in electrophoretic deposition (EPD) for nanomaterials and ceramics production has widely increased due to the versatility of this technique to effectively combine different materials in unique shapes and structures. We successfully established an EPD layering process with submicrometer sized powders of Y-TZP with different mol percentages of yttrium oxide (3 and 8%) and produced multilayers of alternating tetragonal and cubic phases with a clearly defined interface. The rationale behind the design of these multilayer constructs was to optimize the properties of the final ceramic by combining the high mechanical toughness of the tetragonal phase of zirconia together with the high ionic conductivity of its cubic phase. In this work, a preliminary study of the mechanical properties of these constructs proved the good mechanical integrity of the multilayered constructs obtained as well as crack deflection in the interface between tetragonal and cubic zirconia layers.

  15. Plunger-in-needle solid-phase microextraction with graphene-based sol-gel coating as sorbent for determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

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    Zhang, Hong; Lee, Hian Kee

    2011-07-15

    A solid-phase microextraction (SPME) device, assembled with a commercially available plunger-in-needle microsyringe, with the plunger coated with graphene via a sol-gel approach, was developed for the gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in environmental samples. This is the first application of graphene-based sol-gel coating as SPME sorbent. Parameters affecting the extraction efficiency were investigated in detail. The new coating exhibited enrichment factors for PBDEs between 1378 and 2859. The unique planar structure of graphene enhanced the π-π interaction with the aromatic PBDEs; additionally, the sol-gel coating technique created a porous three-dimensional network structure which offered larger surface area for extraction. The stainless steel plunger provided firm support for the coating and enhanced the durability of the assembly. The plunger-in-needle microsyringe represents a ready-made tool for SPME implementation. Under the optimized conditions, the method detection limits for five PBDEs were in the range of 0.2 and 5.3 ng/L (at a signal/noise ratio of 3) and the precision (% relative standard deviation, n=5) was 3.2-5.0% at a concentration level of 100 ng/L. The linearities were 5-1000 or 10-1000 ng/L for different PBDEs. Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the extraction and determination by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of PBDEs in canal water samples.

  16. PHASE STRUCTURE OF W-DOPED NANO-TiO2 PRODUCED BY SOL-GEL METHOD

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    Yucheng Wu; Xiaoye Hu; Ting Xie; Guanghai Li; Lide Zhang

    2005-01-01

    With Ti(OBu)4 as precursor, and HAc as complexing agent, pure and W-doped TiO2 gelatins were prepared by a sol-gel method. During the process of gel formation, metal ions were dispersed in the porous TiO2 matrix.Then, powders of nano-TiO2 and W-doped nano-TiO2 were prepared by drying, grinding and heat treatment at different temperatures. The grain size and structure of the samples, pure TiO2 and W-doped, and treated at different temperatures,were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Beckman Coulter Sorption Analysis and TEM.Results showed that, with increasing temperature, the TiO2 transformed from anatase to rutile and the grain size increased. This transformation and grain growth of TiO2 could be retarded by doping with W.

  17. High-tech applications of self-assembling supramolecular nanostructured gel-phase materials: from regenerative medicine to electronic devices.

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    Hirst, Andrew R; Escuder, Beatriu; Miravet, Juan F; Smith, David K

    2008-01-01

    It is likely that nanofabrication will underpin many technologies in the 21st century. Synthetic chemistry is a powerful approach to generate molecular structures that are capable of assembling into functional nanoscale architectures. There has been intense interest in self-assembling low-molecular-weight gelators, which has led to a general understanding of gelation based on the self-assembly of molecular-scale building blocks in terms of non-covalent interactions and packing parameters. The gelator molecules generate hierarchical, supramolecular structures that are macroscopically expressed in gel formation. Molecular modification can therefore control nanoscale assembly, a process that ultimately endows specific material function. The combination of supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine allows application-based materials to be developed. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering using molecular gels as nanostructured scaffolds for the regrowth of nerve cells has been demonstrated in vivo, and the prospect of using self-assembled fibers as one-dimensional conductors in gel materials has captured much interest in the field of nanoelectronics.

  18. A Comparative Pre-Phase I Study of the Impact of Gel Vehicle Volume on Distal Colon Distribution, User Experience, and Acceptability.

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    Weld, Ethel D; Hiruy, Hiwot; Guthrie, Kate Morrow; Fava, Joseph L; Vargas, Sara E; Buckheit, Karen; Buckheit, Robert; Spiegel, Hans; Breakey, Jennifer; Fuchs, Edward J; Hendrix, Craig W

    2017-05-01

    For persons at risk of HIV infection who practice receptive anal intercourse (RAI), topical rectal microbicides represent a promising option for coitally dependent protection. The study compared colorectal distribution and user sensory experiences of two different volumes of rectal gel for suitability as rectal microbicide. Eight HIV-negative men with a history of recent RAI were enrolled into a two-period, sequence-randomized dosing study comparing 3.5 and 10 ml of radiolabeled (1 mCi (99m)Tc-DTPA) universal placebo, hydroxyethyl cellulose gel. Each participant received two doses in the research unit, one of each volume, separated by a washout period of at least 2 weeks. Each research unit dose was followed by a self-administered take-home dose in the context of preparing for RAI. Safety and gastrointestinal distribution were assessed after the research unit doses, safety, perceptibility, and acceptability, were assessed after take-home doses. There were no adverse effects of Grade 2 or higher and all resolved spontaneously. Both volumes were well tolerated and received high acceptability scores. Perceptibility scores showed meaningful effect size differences ranging from Cohen's d = 0.5 to d = 1.2. The 3.5 and 10 ml gel volumes distributed similarly (p > .2) within the rectosigmoid, ranging from 0.69 to 18.84 cm and 1.21 to 19.01 cm from the anorectal junction, respectively. Both volumes covered the typical gastrointestinal distribution of ejaculate following simulated intercourse based on other studies. Either of these gel volumes could reasonably be pursued for the next phase of development of rectal microbicides.

  19. Sol-gel/nanoclay composite as a solid-phase microextraction fiber coating for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides in water samples.

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    Saraji, Mohammad; Jafari, Mohammad Taghi; Sherafatmand, Hossein

    2015-02-01

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coated with a sol-gel/nanoclay composite was prepared by the sol-gel technique involving the hydrolysis reaction of alkoxysilanes and the subsequent condensation reaction with hydroxyl groups of the nanoclay on a stainless steel wire. A method based on direct immersion SPME and gas chromatography-corona discharge ion mobility spectrometry was developed for the determination of four organophosphorus pesticides in aqueous samples. The effect of different experimental parameters on the extraction efficiency of the method was investigated. The sol-gel/nanoclay fiber showed higher extraction performance for the organophosphorus pesticides compared with Ppy/nanoclay, sol-gel coating, and three commercial fibers (polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), PDMS/divinylbenzene (DVB), and polyacrylate (PA)). Limits of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) of the method were in the range of 0.003-0.012 and 0.01-0.02 μg L(-1), respectively. The calibration curves were linear in a concentration range from 0.01 to 2.0 μg L(-1) (r (2)  > 0.995). The relative standard deviations for intra- and inter-day precision were 3.3-5.6 and 6.4-8.4 %, respectively. Fiber-to-fiber reproducibility for three prepared fibers was 7.4-10.2 %. Finally, the method was successfully applied for the extraction of the studied compounds from water samples. The relative recovery obtained for the spiked real-water samples were 86-104 %.

  20. Universal Reconfiguration of (Hyper-)cubic Robots

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    Abel, Zachary; Kominers, Scott D.

    2008-01-01

    We study a simple reconfigurable robot model which has not been previously examined: cubic robots comprised of three-dimensional cubic modules which can slide across each other and rotate about each others' edges. We demonstrate that the cubic robot model is universal, i.e., that an n-module cubic robot can reconfigure itself into any specified n-module configuration. Additionally, we provide an algorithm that efficiently plans and executes cubic robot motion. Our results directly extend to a...

  1. Three-phase molecularly imprinted sol-gel based hollow fiber liquid-phase microextraction combined with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for enrichment and selective determination of a tentative lung cancer biomarker.

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    Moein, Mohammad Mahdi; Javanbakht, Mehran; Karimi, Mohammad; Akbari-Adergani, Behrouz; Abdel-Rehim, Mohamed

    2015-07-15

    In the present study, the modification of a polysulfone hollow fiber membrane with in situ molecularly imprinted sol-gel process (as a novel and one-step method) was prepared and investigated. 3-(propylmethacrylate)trimethoxysilane (3PMTMOS) as an inorganic precursor was used for preparation of molecularly imprinted sol-gel. The modified molecularly imprinted sol-gel hollow fiber membrane (MSHM) was used for the liquid-phase microextraction (LPME) of hippuric acid (HA) in human plasma and urine samples. MSHM as a selective, robust, and durable tool was used for at least 50 extractions without significant decrease in the extraction efficiency. The non-molecularly imprinted sol-gel hollow fiber membrane (NSHM) as blank hollow fiber membrane was prepared by the same process, only without HA. To achieve the best condition, influential parameters on the extraction efficiency were thoroughly investigated. The capability of this robust, green, and simple method for extraction of HA was successfully accomplished with LC/MS/MS. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) in human plasma and urine samples were 0.3 and 1.0nmolL(-1), respectively. The standard calibration curves were obtained within the concentration range 1-2000nmolL(-1) for HA in human plasma and urine. The coefficients of determination (r(2)) were ≥0.998. The obtained data exhibited recoveries were higher than 89% for the extraction of HA in human plasma and urine samples.

  2. Preparation and evaluation of a molecularly imprinted sol-gel material as the solid-phase extraction adsorbents for the specific recognition of cloxacilloic acid in cloxacillin.

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    Du, Kangli; Luo, Zhimin; Guo, Pengqi; Tang, Weili; Wu, Ningli; Zheng, Penglei; Du, Wei; Zeng, Aiguo; Jing, Wanghui; Chang, Chun; Fu, Qiang

    2016-02-01

    Highly selective molecularly imprinted polymers on the surface of silica gels were prepared by a sol-gel process and used as solid-phase extraction adsorbents for the specific recognition, enrichment and detection of cloxacilloic acid in cloxacillin. The obtained polymers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption and desorption, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The imprinted polymers not only possessed high adsorption capacity (6.5 μg/mg), but also exhibited fast adsorption kinetics (they adsorb 80% of the maximum amount within 20 min) and excellent selectivity (the imprinted factor was 3.6). A method using the imprinted polymers as solid-phase extraction adsorbents coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography was established with good specificity, linearity (r = 0.9962), precision (ranging from 0.5 to 6.7%), accuracy (ranging from 93.9 to 97.7%) and extraction recoveries (ranging from 78.8 to 89.8%). The limits of detection and quantification were 0.07 and 0.25 mg/g, respectively. This work could provide a promising method in the enrichment, extraction and detection of allergenic impurities in the manufacture, storage and application of cloxacillin.

  3. Peculiarities of formation of phase composition, porous structure, and catalytic properties of tungsten oxide-based macroporous materials fabricated by sol–gel synthesis

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    Papynov, Evgeniy Konstantinovich, E-mail: Papynov@mail.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, School of Natural Sciences, Suhanova, 8, Vladivostok 690091 (Russian Federation); Mayorov, Vitaliy Yurevich, E-mail: 024205@inbox.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Palamarchuk, Marina Sergeevna, E-mail: 02.06.1984@mail.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Avramenko, Valentin Aleksandrovich, E-mail: avramenko1@yandex.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Prospect 100-let Vladivostoku, 159, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Far Eastern Federal University, School of Natural Sciences, Suhanova, 8, Vladivostok 690091 (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-15

    The method of template sol–gel synthesis of tungsten oxide-based macroporous materials using ‘core–shell’ latex particles as colloid templates is described. The chemical composition and structural characteristics of the synthesized macroporous oxide systems have been investigated. The peculiarities of formation of material phase composition and macroporous structure under different template thermal destruction conditions have been revealed. An optimal method of a targeted synthesis of the crystalline tungsten(VI) oxide having a defect-free macroporous structure (average pore size 160 nm) and efficient catalytic properties under organic liquid phase oxidation conditions has been suggested. The prospects of the fabricated material application as catalysts of hydrothermal oxidation of radionuclide organic complexes at radioactive waste decontamination have been demonstrated. - Highlights: • Macroporous tungsten oxides were fabricated via sol–gel process. • The correlation between synthesis conditions and composition was determined. • Influence of synthesis conditions on porous structure has been explained. • The effects of template thermodestruction have been set up. • High potential of such materials for catalysis applications has been shown.

  4. Synthesis and properties of a newly obtained sorbent based on silica gel coated with a polyaniline film as the stationary phase for non-suppressed ion chromatography.

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    Sowa, Ireneusz; Wójciak-Kosior, Magdalena; Drączkowski, Piotr; Strzemski, Maciej; Kocjan, Ryszard

    2013-07-17

    The new sorbent for non-suppressed ion chromatography based on silica gel coated with a film of polyaniline (PANI) was obtained in a process of in situ polymerization of aniline by oxidation with ammonium peroxydisulfate. Raman analyses performed using a Thermo Scientific DXR confocal Raman Microscope equipped with the Omnic 8 software from Thermo Fisher Scientific have proved a uniform distribution of PANI on the surface of chromatographic beads and in the pores of the particle. The obtained stationary phase was packed into a stainless steel HPLC column. The quality of the prepared column was verified on the basis of hydrodynamic parameters such as column efficiency index (Ip) and separation impedance (E). The potential application of silica gel modified with polyaniline for separation and determination of selected anions using non-suppressed ion chromatography was also investigated. Chromatographic analyses were performed using of the ion chromatograph Dionex DX-500. The best results were obtained for the mobile phase consisting of an aqueous or methanolic solution of hydrochloric acid. The tested column and optimized chromatographic system were successfully used for the analysis of nitrate, bromide and iodide in waters samples.

  5. Cubication of Conservative Nonlinear Oscillators

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    Belendez, Augusto; Alvarez, Mariela L.; Fernandez, Elena; Pascual, Immaculada

    2009-01-01

    A cubication procedure of the nonlinear differential equation for conservative nonlinear oscillators is analysed and discussed. This scheme is based on the Chebyshev series expansion of the restoring force, and this allows us to approximate the original nonlinear differential equation by a Duffing equation in which the coefficients for the linear…

  6. Cryptographic Analysis in Cubic Time

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    Nielson, Flemming; Nielson, Hanne Riis; Seidl, H.

    2004-01-01

    The spi-calculus is a variant of the polyadic pi-calculus that admits symmetric cryptography and that admits expressing communication protocols in a precise though still abstract way. This paper shows that context-independent control flow analysis can be calculated in cubic time despite the fact ...

  7. The diagonalization of cubic matrices

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    Cocolicchio, D.; Viggiano, M.

    2000-08-01

    This paper is devoted to analysing the problem of the diagonalization of cubic matrices. We extend the familiar algebraic approach which is based on the Cardano formulae. We rewrite the complex roots of the associated resolvent secular equation in terms of transcendental functions and we derive the diagonalizing matrix.

  8. Polyol synthesis and characterizations of cubic ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} nanocrystals

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    Meetei, S. Dhiren [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur-795 003, Imphal (India); Singh, Sh. Dorendrajit, E-mail: dorendrajit@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Manipur University, Canchipur-795 003, Imphal (India); Sudarsan, V. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer By polyol route nanocrystalline cubic ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} can be synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cubic phase is the most desirable phase of zirconia. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Distinguishing cubic from tetragonal phase is difficult. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Characterizations of the samples are done by XRD, TEM, FTIR and PL. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eu{sup 3+} emission peaks vary as charge transfer state in ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} were synthesized by polyol route. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of ZrO{sub 2} shows presence of both monoclinic and tetragonal phase of zirconia, while that of ZrO{sub 2}:Eu{sup 3+} show cubic structure. Cubic phase is the most desired phase of zirconia. However, it is difficult to distinguish between the tetragonal and cubic phases solely from XRD study. Therefore, the characterizations of cubic phase in the doped samples are substantiated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and photoluminescence (PL) studies. Interplaner spacing, d{sub hkl} are calculated from the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) rings and they are found to be consistent with that of cubic zirconia. FT-IR spectra of doped and undoped samples are found to be different. This is attributed to the presence of both monoclinic and tetragonal phase in the undoped sample and only cubic phase in the doped samples. PL excitation and emission spectra of the samples are studied. The asymmetry ratio is found to be less than that of the reported tetragonal phase indicating that the present analyzing samples have higher symmetry than tetragonal phase. Variations of Eu{sup 3+} emission peaks are observed as that of charge transfer state (CTS).

  9. Aptamer entrapment in microfluidic channel using one-step sol-gel process, in view of the integration of a new selective extraction phase for lab-on-a-chip.

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    Perréard, Camille; d'Orlyé, Fanny; Griveau, Sophie; Liu, Baohong; Bedioui, Fethi; Varenne, Anne

    2017-03-30

    There is a great demand for integrating sample treatment into micro total analysis systems. In this context, we developed a new sol-gel phase for extraction of trace compounds in complex matrices. For this purpose, the incorporation of aptamers in silica-based gel within PDMS/glass microfluidic channels was performed for the first time by a one-step sol-gel process. The effective gel attachment onto microchannel walls and aptamer incorporation in the polymerized gel were evaluated using fluorescence microscopy. A good gel stability and aptamer incorporation inside the microchannel was demonstrated upon rinsing and over storage time. The ability of gel-encapsulated aptamers to interact with its specific target (either sulforhodamine B as model fluorescent target, or diclofenac, a pain killer drug) was assessed too. The binding capacity of entrapped aptamers was quantified (in the micromolar range) and the selectivity of the interaction was evidenced. Preservation of aptamers binding affinity to target molecules was therefore demonstrated. Dissociation constant of the aptamer-target complex and interaction selectivity were evaluated similar to those in bulk solution. This opens the way to new selective on-chip solid-phase extraction techniques for sample pretreatment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  10. Separation performance of cucurbit[7]uril in ionic liquid-based sol-gel coating as stationary phase for capillary gas chromatography.

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    Wang, Xiaogang; Qi, Meiling; Fu, Ruonong

    2014-12-05

    Here we report the separation performance of a new stationary phase of cucurbit[7]uril (CB7) incorporated into an ionic liquid-based sol-gel coating (CB7-SG) for capillary gas chromatography (GC). The CB7-SG stationary phase showed an average polarity of 455, suggesting its polar nature. Abraham system constants revealed that its major interactions with analytes include H-bond basicity (a), dipole-dipole (s) and dispersive (l) interactions. The CB7-SG stationary phase achieved baseline separation for a wide range of analytes with symmetrical peak shapes and showed advantages over the conventional polar stationary phase that failed to resolve some critical analytes. Also, it exhibited different retention behaviors from the conventional stationary phase in terms of retention times and elution order. Most interestingly, in contrast to the conventional polar phase, the CB7-SG stationary phase exhibited longer retentions for analytes of lower polarity but relatively comparable retentions for polar analytes such as alcohols and phenols. The high resolving ability and unique retention behaviors of the CB7-SG stationary phase may stem from the comprehensive interactions of the aforementioned interactions and shape selectivity. Moreover, the CB7-SG column showed good peak shapes for analytes prone to peak tailing, good thermal stability up to 280°C and separation repeatability with RSD values in the range of 0.01-0.11% for intra-day, 0.04-0.41% for inter-day and 2.5-6.0% for column-to-column, respectively. As demonstrated, the proposed coating method can simultaneously address the solubility problem with CBs for the intended purpose and achieve outstanding GC separation performance.

  11. Black holes in Einsteinian cubic gravity

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    Hennigar, Robie A

    2016-01-01

    Using numerical and perturbative methods, we construct the first examples of black hole solutions in Einsteinian cubic gravity and study their thermodynamics. Focusing first on four dimensional solutions, we show that these black holes have a novel equation of state in which the pressure is a quadratic function of the temperature. Despite this, they undergo a first order phase transition with associated van der Waals behaviour. We then construct perturbative solutions for general $D \\ge 5$ and study the properties of these solutions for $D=5$ and $D=6$ in particular. We find novel examples of zeroth order phase transitions and find super-entropic behaviour over a large portion of the parameter space. We analyse the specific heat, determining that the black holes are thermodynamically stable over large regions of parameter space.

  12. Rheological Properties of Cubic Liquid Crystals Formed from Monoglyceride/H2O Systems

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    水玲玲; 王志宁; 郑利强

    2005-01-01

    Monoglyceride (MO) can form various liquid crystalline phases spontaneously in the presence of various amount of water at room temperature. The appropriate compositions from binary phase diagram of MO/H2O were selected to form cubic phases. The selected systems were studied at different salt concentrations and pH value using rheological methods. There was a weak effect of salt on viscoelastic properties of cubic phases formed from MO/H2O system. Hexagonal phase was formed when pH value was decreased or increased. The viscoelasticity of cubic phases was different from that of hexagonal liquid crystals. Rheological properties of MO/H2O cubic phases were stable at pH and salt concentration similar to physiological condition.

  13. Molecularly imprinted sol-gel nanofibers based solid phase microextraction coupled on-line with high performance liquid chromatography for selective determination of acesulfame.

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    Moein, Mohammad Mahdi; Javanbakht, Mehran; Karimi, Mohammad; Akbari-adergani, Behrouz

    2015-03-01

    Sol-gel based molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) nanofiber was successfully fabricated by electrospinning technique on the surface of a stainless steel bar. The manufactured tool was applied for on-line selective solid phase microextraction (SPME) and determination of acesulfame (ACF) as an artificial sweetener with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The selective ability of method for the extraction of ACF was investigated in the presence of some selected sweeteners such as saccharine (SCH), aspartame (ASP) and caffeine (CAF). Electrospinning of MIP sol-gel solution on the stainless steel bar provided an unbreakable sorbent with high thermal, mechanical, and chemical stability. Moreover, application of the MIP-SPME tool revealed a unique approach for the selective microextraction of the analyte in beverage samples. In this work, 3-(triethoxysilyl)-propylamine (TMSPA) was chosen as a precursor due to its ability to imprint the analyte by hydrogen bonding, Van der Walls, and dipole-dipole interactions. Nylon 6 was also added as a backbone and support for the precursor in which sol could greatly growth during the sol-gel process and makes the solution electrospinable. Various effective parameters in the extraction efficiency of the MIP-SPME tool such as loading time, flow rate, desorption time, selectivity, and the sample volume were evaluated. The linearity for the ACF in beverage sample was in the range of 0.78-100.5 ng mL(-1). Limit of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) were 0.23 and 0.78 ng mL(-1) respectively. The RSD values (n=5) were all below 3.5%at the 20 ng mL(-1) level.

  14. Cubication of conservative nonlinear oscillators

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    Belendez, Augusto; Alvarez, Mariela L [Departamento de Fisica, Ingenieria de Sistemas y Teoria de la Senal, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain); Fernandez, Elena; Pascual, Inmaculada [Departamento de Optica, FarmacologIa y Anatomia, Universidad de Alicante, Apartado 99, E-03080 Alicante (Spain)], E-mail: a.belendez@ua.es

    2009-09-15

    A cubication procedure of the nonlinear differential equation for conservative nonlinear oscillators is analysed and discussed. This scheme is based on the Chebyshev series expansion of the restoring force, and this allows us to approximate the original nonlinear differential equation by a Duffing equation in which the coefficients for the linear and cubic terms depend on the initial amplitude, A, while in a Taylor expansion of the restoring force these coefficients are independent of A. The replacement of the original nonlinear equation by an approximate Duffing equation allows us to obtain an approximate frequency-amplitude relation as a function of the complete elliptic integral of the first kind. Some conservative nonlinear oscillators are analysed to illustrate the usefulness and effectiveness of this scheme.

  15. Preparation and Characterization on Nano-Sized Barium Titanate Powder Doped with Lanthanum by Sol-Gel Process

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    2006-01-01

    The nano-sized BaTiO3:La3+ powders were prepared by sol-gel process using butyl phthalate, barium acetate and lanthanum oxide as raw material, and these samples were tested by means of TG-DTA, XRD and SEM. The results indicate that with the annealing temperature and the doped concentration rising, the powders' particle sizes will increase and decrease respectively. When annealing temperature is 900 ℃ and doped concentration is 7%, the phase is cubic without other phases, and the particle size of power is 43.34 nm.

  16. Cubic Matrix, Nambu Mechanics and Beyond

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    Kawamura, Y

    2002-01-01

    We propose a generalization of cubic matrix mechanics by introducing a canonical triplet and study its relation to Nambu mechanics. The generalized cubic matrix mechanics we consider can be interpreted as a “quantum” generalization of Nambu mechanics.

  17. Cubical sets and the topological topos

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    Spitters, Bas

    2016-01-01

    Coquand's cubical set model for homotopy type theory provides the basis for a computational interpretation of the univalence axiom and some higher inductive types, as implemented in the cubical proof assistant. This paper contributes to the understanding of this model. We make three contributions...... show that it can also be a target for cubical realization by showing that Coquand's cubical sets classify the geometric theory of flat distributive lattices. As a side result, we obtain a simplicial realization of a cubical set. 2. Using the internal `interval' in the topos of cubical sets, we...... construct a Moore path model of identity types. 3. We construct a premodel structure internally in the cubical type theory and hence on the fibrant objects in cubical sets....

  18. Low temperature synthesis of magnesium oxide and spinel powders by a sol-gel process

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    Li-Zhai Pei

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium oxide and magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4 spinel (MAS powders have been synthesized by a simple aqueous sol-gel process using citrate polymeric precursors derived from magnesium chloride, aluminium nitrate and citrate. The thermal decomposition of the precursors and subsequent formation of cubic MgO and MAS were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR. The single phase cubic MgO powder and MAS powder form after heat treatment at 800 and 1200 °C, respectively. The particle size of the MgO and MAS powders is about 100 nm and several micrometers, respectively. Ball milling eliminates the size of MgO and MgAl2O4 spinel powders by decreasing the conglomeration of the powders.

  19. Numbers for reducible cubic scrolls

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    Israel Vainsencher

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available We show how to compute the number of reducible cubic scrolls of codimension 2 in (math blackboard symbol Pn incident to the appropriate number of linear spaces.Mostramos como calcular o número de rolos cúbicos redutíveis de codimensão 2 em (math blackboard symbol Pn incidentes a espaços lineares apropriados.

  20. Molecularly imprinted polymer-sol-gel tablet toward micro-solid phase extraction: I. Determination of methadone in human plasma utilizing liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    El-Beqqali, Aziza; Abdel-Rehim, Mohamed

    2016-09-14

    In the present work molecularly imprinted sol-gel tablet (MIP-Tablet) was prepared. The MIP-sol-gel was prepared as a thin layer on polyethylene material in a tablet form. Methadone-d9 was selected as the template and 3-(propylmethacrylate)-trimethoxysilane was used as precursor. MIP-Tablet was applied for micro-solid phase extraction (μ-SPE). The MIP-Tablet was used for the determination of methadone in human plasma samples utilizing liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry; and each tablet could be used twenty times. The extraction time was 10 min while desorption time was 6 min. Factors affecting the extraction efficiency such as desorption solvents, sample pH, salt addition, extraction time, desorption time and adsorption capacity were investigated. The calibration curves were obtained within the range of 5-5000 ng/mL using methadone in human plasma samples. The coefficients of determination (r(2)) values were ≥0.999 for all runs and the extraction recovery was >80%. The accuracy values for quality control samples varied from +3.6 to +9.7% and the inter-day precision (RSD %) values were ranged from 5.0 to 8.0%. The limit of detection was 1.0 ng/mL and the lower limit of quantification was 5 ng/mL utilizing methadone in human plasma samples.

  1. Polyvinylimidazole/sol-gel composite as a novel solid-phase microextraction coating for the determination of halogenated benzenes from aqueous solutions.

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    Farjaminezhad, Manoochehr; Saber Tehrani, Mohammad; Aberoomand Azar, Parviz; Hussain, Syed Waqif; Bohlooli, Shahab

    2014-06-01

    A polyvinylimidazole/sol-gel composite is proposed as a novel solid-phase microextraction fiber to extract five halobenzenes from the headspace of aqueous solutions in combination with gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. The prepared fiber was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The obtained results showed that porous polyvinylimidazole/sol-gel composite was chemically deposited on fused silica fiber. The effect of important extraction parameters including extraction temperature, extraction time, and salt content were investigated. The optimum conditions were as follows: extraction temperature 25°C, extraction time 20 min, and salt concentration 30 w/v%. Detection limits and relative standard deviations of the developed method for halogenated benzenes were below 0.1 pg/mL and 15%, respectively. Repeatability of the proposed method, explained by relative standard deviation, varied between 5.48 and 9.15% (n = 5). The limits of detection (S/N = 3) ranged between 0.01 and 0.10 ng/L using gas chromatography with mass spectrometry with selected ion monitoring mode. For real sample analysis, three types of water samples with different matrices (ground, surface, and tap water) were studied. The optimized procedure was applied to extraction and method validation of halogenated benzenes in spiked water samples.

  2. Women with pregnancies had lower adherence to 1% tenofovir vaginal gel as HIV preexposure prophylaxis in CAPRISA 004, a phase IIB randomized-controlled trial.

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    Matthews, Lynn T; Sibeko, Sengeziwe; Mansoor, Leila E; Yende-Zuma, Nonhlanhla; Bangsberg, David R; Karim, Quarraisha Abdool

    2013-01-01

    Antiretroviral prophylaxis may be a critical strategy to reduce periconception HIV transmission. Maximizing the benefit of periconception pharmacologic HIV risk-reduction requires an understanding of the links between pregnancy and adherence to this prevention strategy. We assessed study gel adherence among women with pregnancies compared to women without pregnancies enrolled in the CAPRISA 004 phase IIB trial of 1% vaginal tenofovir gel. Pregnancy was assessed with monthly urine tests. Adherence was measured monthly and defined as proportion of sex acts covered by two returned, used applicators based on pre- and post-coital dosing. High adherence was defined as a median adherence score of >80%, that is, more than 80% of sex acts were covered by two applications of study gel. A multivariate generalized estimating equations (GEE) model with a binomial distribution was used to assess covariates associated with high adherence (>80%) over time. Median adherence before and after pregnancy was compared using Wilcoxon signed rank test. Among 868 women, 53 had at least 1 pregnancy (4.06 per 100 woman years, 95% CI: 3.04, 5.31). Women with pregnancies had lower median adherence compared to women without pregnancies (50% [IQR: 45-83] vs. 60% [IQR: 50-100], p = 0.02). Women with pregnancies also had a 48% lower odds of high adherence compared to women without pregnancies when adjusting for confounders (aOR 0.52, 95%CI: 0.41-0.66, p<0.0001). Among women with pregnancies, adherence before and after pregnancy was not different (50% [IQR: 46-83] vs. 55% [IQR: 20-100], p = 0.68). Women with pregnancies were less likely to have high adherence to study gel compared to women without pregnancies. Understanding these differences may inform findings from HIV prevention trials and future implementation of antiretroviral prophylaxis for at-risk women who choose to conceive. The protocol for the parent trial is registered on ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT00441298, http

  3. Women with pregnancies had lower adherence to 1% tenofovir vaginal gel as HIV preexposure prophylaxis in CAPRISA 004, a phase IIB randomized-controlled trial.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral prophylaxis may be a critical strategy to reduce periconception HIV transmission. Maximizing the benefit of periconception pharmacologic HIV risk-reduction requires an understanding of the links between pregnancy and adherence to this prevention strategy. METHODS: We assessed study gel adherence among women with pregnancies compared to women without pregnancies enrolled in the CAPRISA 004 phase IIB trial of 1% vaginal tenofovir gel. Pregnancy was assessed with monthly urine tests. Adherence was measured monthly and defined as proportion of sex acts covered by two returned, used applicators based on pre- and post-coital dosing. High adherence was defined as a median adherence score of >80%, that is, more than 80% of sex acts were covered by two applications of study gel. A multivariate generalized estimating equations (GEE model with a binomial distribution was used to assess covariates associated with high adherence (>80% over time. Median adherence before and after pregnancy was compared using Wilcoxon signed rank test. RESULTS: Among 868 women, 53 had at least 1 pregnancy (4.06 per 100 woman years, 95% CI: 3.04, 5.31. Women with pregnancies had lower median adherence compared to women without pregnancies (50% [IQR: 45-83] vs. 60% [IQR: 50-100], p = 0.02. Women with pregnancies also had a 48% lower odds of high adherence compared to women without pregnancies when adjusting for confounders (aOR 0.52, 95%CI: 0.41-0.66, p<0.0001. Among women with pregnancies, adherence before and after pregnancy was not different (50% [IQR: 46-83] vs. 55% [IQR: 20-100], p = 0.68. CONCLUSIONS: Women with pregnancies were less likely to have high adherence to study gel compared to women without pregnancies. Understanding these differences may inform findings from HIV prevention trials and future implementation of antiretroviral prophylaxis for at-risk women who choose to conceive. The protocol for the parent trial is registered on Clinical

  4. Possible form of multi-polar interaction in cubic lattice

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    Sakai, Osamu; Shiina, Ryousuke; Shiba, Hiroyuki

    2003-05-01

    The invariant form of interaction between multi-poles, including the octupole, is studied for the simple cubic (SC), body centered and face centered cubic lattices. The coupling terms can be arranged in a way similar to that of the hopping matrix between the LCAO's. A table for SC by Shiina et al. (J. Phys. Soc. Japan 66 (1997) 1741) is generalized for the general wave number case of the three types of lattice. Recent experimental result of TmTe is thereby analyzed. The development of the ferromagnetic moment below the anti-ferromagnetic transition under the anti-ferro quadrupolar order phase is discussed in this connection.

  5. Possible form of multi-polar interaction in cubic lattice

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    Sakai, Osamu; Shiina, Ryousuke; Shiba, Hiroyuki

    2003-05-01

    The invariant form of interaction between multi-poles, including the octupole, is studied for the simple cubic (SC), body centered and face centered cubic lattices. The coupling terms can be arranged in a way similar to that of the hopping matrix between the LCAO's. A table for SC by Shiina et al. (J. Phys. Soc. Japan 66 (1997) 1741) is generalized for the general wave number case of the three types of lattice. Recent experimental result of TmTe is thereby analyzed. The development of the ferromagnetic moment below the anti-ferromagnetic transition under the anti-ferro quadrupolar order phase is discussed in this connection.

  6. Solving Cubic Equations by Polynomial Decomposition

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    Kulkarni, Raghavendra G.

    2011-01-01

    Several mathematicians struggled to solve cubic equations, and in 1515 Scipione del Ferro reportedly solved the cubic while participating in a local mathematical contest, but did not bother to publish his method. Then it was Cardano (1539) who first published the solution to the general cubic equation in his book "The Great Art, or, The Rules of…

  7. Cubic Icosahedra? A Problem in Assigning Symmetry

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    Lloyd, D. R.

    2010-01-01

    There is a standard convention that the icosahedral groups are classified separately from the cubic groups, but these two symmetry types have been conflated as "cubic" in some chemistry textbooks. In this note, the connection between cubic and icosahedral symmetries is examined, using a simple pictorial model. It is shown that octahedral and…

  8. The Effects and Role of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on the Size and Phase Composition of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared by a Modified Sol-Gel Method

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    Marcela F. Silva

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe2O3 nanoparticles (as maghemite and hematite mixtures were prepared using adapted sol-gel method from a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP aqueous solution in various Fe3+ : PVP monomer ratios. Analysis of X-ray diffraction was obtained to evaluate the crystalline state, average crystallite size, and composition of iron oxide phases. The morphology and average nanoparticles size were evaluated by electronic transmission microscopy. Magnetic properties of iron oxide were analyzed at low and room temperatures. Optical characteristics were evaluated by UV-Vis photoacoustic spectroscopy and the Mössbauer spectrum was obtained in order to evaluate subtle changes in the nuclear environment of the iron atoms.

  9. Cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles: optimization and evaluation for ocular delivery of tropicamide.

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    Verma, Purnima; Ahuja, Munish

    2016-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles for ocular delivery of tropicamide. Ultrasound-assisted fragmentation of cubic liquid crystalline bulk phases resulted in cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles employing Pluronic F127 as dispersant. The effects of process variables such as sonication time, sonication amplitude, sonication depth, and pre-mixing time on particle size and polydispersity index was investigated using central composite design. The morphology of tropicamide-loaded nanoparticles was found to be nearly cubical in shape by transmission electron microscopy observation. Further, small angle X-ray scattering experiment confirmed the presence of D and P phase cubic structures in coexistence. The optimized tropicamide-loaded cubic nanoparticles showed in vitro corneal permeation of tropicamide across isolated porcine cornea comparable to its commercial preparation, Tropicacyl®. Ocular tolerance was evaluated by Hen's egg-chorioallantoic membrane test and histological studies. The results of in vivo mydriatic response study demonstrated a remarkably higher area under mydriatic response curve (AUC0→1440 min) values of cubic nanoparticles over Tropicacyl® indicating better therapeutic value of cubic nanoparticles. Furthermore, tropicamide-loaded cubic nanoparticles exhibited prolonged mydriatic effect on rabbits as compared to commercial conventional aqueous ophthalmic solution.

  10. Effect of doped SiO2 and calcinations temperature on phase transformation of TiO2 photocatalyst prepared by sol-gel method

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    Sutham Niyomwas

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to study the effect of calcinations temperature and SiO2 addition on phase transformation,crystallite size, and photocatalytic activity of SiO2/TiO2 thin films by using indigo carmine as an indicator. Thecomposite particles were prepared by sol-gel method via calcinations at a temperature range of 300-700oC for 2 h, and thecomposite thin films were prepared by means of spin coating. The microstructure and crystallite size of pure TiO2 and SiO2/TiO2 composite powders were characterized by using XRD, SEM and DTA. It was found that anatase structures wereformed at a calcinations temperature range of 300-600oC and mixed phases of anatase and rutile were observed at a temperatureof 700oC. Crystallite size of pure TiO2 tends to increase with an increase in calcinations temperature. Doped SiO2in the TiO2 has an effect on crystal phases and crystallite size of the composite powders and thin films, resulting in thechange of the photocatalytic activity of TiO2.

  11. Rapid microwave-assisted sol-gel preparation of Pd-substituted LnFeO3 (Ln = Y, La): phase formation and catalytic activity

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    Misch, Lauren M.; Birkel, Alexander; Figg, C. Adrian; Fors, Brett P.; Hawker, Craig J.; Stucky, Galen D.; Seshadri, Ram [UCSB

    2014-02-13

    We present a rapid microwave-assisted sol–gel approach to Pd-substituted LnFeO3 (Ln = Y, La) for applications in C–C coupling reactions. These materials could be prepared in household microwave ovens in less than 15 minutes of reaction time with the final materials displaying well-defined structure and morphology. Phase evolution was studied using time-dependent microwave heatings and then compared with the results obtained from thermogravimetric analyses. Materials were confirmed to be phase pure by laboratory and synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Substituted Pd is ionic as shown by the binding energy shift from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The short heating periods required for phase purity allow these materials less time for sintering as compared to conventional solid state preparation methods, making relatively high surface areas achievable. These materials have been successfully used as catalyst precursor materials for C–C coupling reactions in which the active species is Pd0. Pd-substituted LnFeO3 (Ln = Y, La) provides Pd0 in solution which can be complexed by the ligand SPhos, allowing for aryl chloride coupling.

  12. Citrate sol gel synthesis, phase formation, optical-properties and TEM analysis of nanocrystalline TaSr2SmCu2O8 materials

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    Balamurugan, S.; George, Jincymol; Parthiban, P.

    2016-05-01

    We report the citrate sol gel (CSG) derived synthesis of nanocrystalline tantalo-cuprate, TaSr2SmCu2O8 (Ta1212Sm) materials and studied the thermal, phase formation, photoluminescence (PL) and photo-catalytic properties and TEM analysis. Like Ta1212Eu phase, the present Ta1212Sm phase is also successfully crystallized in tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameter, a = 0.3875(1) nm and c = 1.1690(5) nm with average crystalline size of ~61.5 nm upon subsequent annealing of the combustion product at 1100°C for 24 h under O2 atmosphere. The room temperature PL emission spectrum of nanocrystalline Ta1212Sm materials exhibits an emission peak at ~605 nm under excitation wavelength of 404 nm. The photo-degradation (~89 %) of methyl orange (MO) by the Ta1212Sm catalyst in the presence of H2O2 is explored. The TEM micro-images reveal that the particles are in nano-scale and irregular morphology.

  13. Ferromagnetic Ground States in Face-Centered Cubic Hubbard Clusters

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    Souza, T. X. R.; Macedo, C. A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the ground state energies of face-centered cubic Hubbard clusters are analyzed using the Lanczos method. Examination of the ground state energy as a function of the number of particle per site n showed an energy minimum for face-centered cubic structures. This energy minimum decreased in n with increasing coulombic interaction parameter U. We found that the ground state energy had a minimum at n = 0.6, when U = 3W, where W denotes the non-interacting energy bandwidth and the face-centered cubic structure was ferromagnetic. These results, when compared with the properties of nickel, shows strong similarity with other finite temperature analyses in the literature and supports the Hirsh’s conjecture that the interatomic direct exchange interaction dominates in driving the system into a ferromagnetic phase. PMID:27583653

  14. Superconductivity in cubic noncentrosymmetric PdBiSe Crystal

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    Joshi, B.; Thamizhavel, A.; Ramakrishnan, S.

    2015-03-01

    Mixing of spin singlet and spin triplet superconducting pairing state is expected in noncentrosymmetric superconductors (NCS) due to the inherent presence of Rashba-type antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling. Unlike low symmetry (tetragonal or monoclinic) NCS, parity is isotropicaly broken in space for cubic NCS and can additionally lead to the coexistence of magnetic and superconducting state under certain conditions. Motivated with such enriched possibility of unconventional superconducting phases in cubic NCS we are reporting successful formation of single crystalline cubic noncentrosymmetric PdBiSe with lattice parameter a = 6.4316 Å and space group P21 3 (space group no. 198) which undergoes to superconducting transition state below 1.8 K as measured by electrical transport and AC susceptibility measurements. Significant strength of Rashba-type antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling can be expected for PdBiSe due to the presence of high Z (atomic number) elements consequently making it potential candidate for unconventional superconductivity.

  15. Body-centered-cubic Ni and its magnetic properties.

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    Tian, C S; Qian, D; Wu, D; He, R H; Wu, Y Z; Tang, W X; Yin, L F; Shi, Y S; Dong, G S; Jin, X F; Jiang, X M; Liu, F Q; Qian, H J; Sun, K; Wang, L M; Rossi, G; Qiu, Z Q; Shi, J

    2005-04-08

    The body-centered-cubic (bcc) phase of Ni, which does not exist in nature, has been achieved as a thin film on GaAs(001) at 170 K via molecular beam epitaxy. The bcc Ni is ferromagnetic with a Curie temperature of 456 K and possesses a magnetic moment of 0.52+/-0.08 micro(B)/atom. The cubic magnetocrystalline anisotropy of bcc Ni is determined to be +4.0x10(5) ergs x cm(-3), as opposed to -5.7x10(4) ergs x cm(-3) for the naturally occurring face-centered-cubic (fcc) Ni. This sharp contrast in the magnetic anisotropy is attributed to the different electronic band structures between bcc Ni and fcc Ni, which are determined using angle-resolved photoemission with synchrotron radiation.

  16. First phase 1 double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized rectal microbicide trial using UC781 gel with a novel index of ex vivo efficacy.

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    Full Text Available Successful control of the HIV/AIDS pandemic requires reduction of HIV-1 transmission at sexually-exposed mucosae. No prevention studies of the higher-risk rectal compartment exist. We report the first-in-field Phase 1 trial of a rectally-applied, vaginally-formulated microbicide gel with the RT-inhibitor UC781 measuring clinical and mucosal safety, acceptability and plasma drug levels. A first-in-Phase 1 assessment of preliminary pharmacodynamics was included by measuring changes in ex vivo HIV-1 suppression in rectal biopsy tissue after exposure to product in vivo.HIV-1 seronegative, sexually-abstinent men and women (N = 36 were randomized in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial comparing UC781 gel at two concentrations (0.1%, 0.25% with placebo gel (1∶1∶1. Baseline, single-dose exposure and a separate, 7-day at-home dosing were assessed. Safety and acceptability were primary endpoints. Changes in colorectal mucosal markers and UC781 plasma drug levels were secondary endpoints; ex vivo biopsy infectibility was an ancillary endpoint.All 36 subjects enrolled completed the 7-14 week trial (100% retention including 3 flexible sigmoidoscopies, each with 28 biopsies (14 at 10 cm; 14 at 30 cm. There were 81 Grade 1 adverse events (AEs and 8 Grade 2; no Grade 3, 4 or procedure-related AEs were reported. Acceptability was high, including likelihood of future use. No changes in mucosal immunoinflammatory markers were identified. Plasma levels of UC781 were not detected. Ex vivo infection of biopsies using two titers of HIV-1(BaL showed marked suppression of p24 in tissues exposed in vivo to 0.25% UC781; strong trends of suppression were seen with the lower 0.1% UC781 concentration.Single and 7-day topical rectal exposure to both concentrations of UC781 were safe with no significant AEs, high acceptability, no detected plasma drug levels and no significant mucosal changes. Ex vivo biopsy infections demonstrated marked suppression of HIV

  17. Two highly stable and selective solid phase microextraction fibers coated with crown ether functionalized ionic liquids by different sol-gel reaction approaches.

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    Shu, Jianjun; Xie, Pengfei; Lin, Danni; Chen, Rongfeng; Wang, Jiang; Zhang, Beibei; Liu, Mingming; Liu, Hanlan; Liu, Fan

    2014-01-02

    In this work, two novel crown ether functionalized ionic liquid (FIL)-based solid phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were prepared by sol-gel technology using the synthesized 1-(trimethoxysily)propyl 3-(6'-oxo-benzo-15-crown-5 hexyl) imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulphonyl)imide ([TMSP(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2]) and 1-allyl-3-(6'-oxo-benzo-15-crown-5 hexyl) imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulphonyl)imide ([A(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2]) as selective stationary phases. Owing to the introduction of trimethoxysilypropyl to the imidazole cation, the [TMSP(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2] could be chemically bonded to the formed sol-gel silica substrate through the hydrolysis and polycondensation reaction. Similarly, the [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2] was able to participate in the formation of the organic-inorganic copolymer coatings through the free radical crosslinking reaction. These two fibers were determined to have "bubble-like" surface characteristics analogous to a previously prepared [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][PF6]-based fiber. Their thermal stabilities were much higher than that of the [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][PF6]-based coating. They were capable of withstanding temperatures as high as 400°C without evident loss of the crown ether FILs. They also had strong solvent, acid and alkali resistance, good coating preparation reproducibility and high selectivity for medium polar to polar compounds. The high selectivity of these two fibers could be attributed to the strong ion-dipole, hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions provided by the synergetic effect of ILs and benzo-15-crown-5 functionalities. Moreover, the selectivity of these two fibers was rather different although the structures of these two crown ether FILs were very similar. This is maybe because the relative contents of the crown ether FILs chemically bonded to the organic-inorganic copolymer coatings were quite different when prepared by different sol-gel reaction approaches.

  18. Cubic metaplectic forms and theta functions

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    1998-01-01

    The book is an introduction to the theory of cubic metaplectic forms on the 3-dimensional hyperbolic space and the author's research on cubic metaplectic forms on special linear and symplectic groups of rank 2. The topics include: Kubota and Bass-Milnor-Serre homomorphisms, cubic metaplectic Eisenstein series, cubic theta functions, Whittaker functions. A special method is developed and applied to find Fourier coefficients of the Eisenstein series and cubic theta functions. The book is intended for readers, with beginning graduate-level background, interested in further research in the theory of metaplectic forms and in possible applications.

  19. A Dictionary Learning Algorithm for Denoising Cubic Phase Signal%一种三阶多项式相位信号去噪的字典学习算法

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    欧国建; 杨士中; 蒋清平; 曹海林

    2014-01-01

    Under the influence of additive white Gaussian noise, the classical dectionary learning algorithms, such as K-means Singular Value Decomposition (K-SVD), Recursive Least Squares Dictionary Learning Algorithm (RLS-DLA) and K-means Singular Value Decomposition Denoising (K-SVDD), can not effectively remove the noise of Cubic Phase Signal (CPS). A novel dictionary learning algorithm for denoising CPS is proposed. Firstly,the dictionary is learned by using the RLS-DLA algorithm. Secondly,the update stage of the RLS-DLA algorithm is modified by using Non-Linear Least Squares (NLLS) in the algorithm. Finally, the signal is reconstructed via sparse representations over learned dictionary.Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) obtained by using the novel dictionary learning algorithm is obviously higher than other algorithms,and the Mean Squares Error (MSE) obtained by using the novel dictionary learning algorithm is obviously lower than other algorithms. Therefore there is obviously denoising performance for using the dictionary learned by the algorithm to sparsely represent CPS. The experimental results show that the average SNR obtained by using the algorithm is 9.55 dB , 13.94 dB and 9.76 dB higher than K-SVD, RLS-DLS and K-SVDD.%在加性高斯白噪声的影响下,对于三阶多项式相位信号(CPS),经典的字典学习算法,如K-means Singular Value Decomposition(K-SVD),递归最小二乘字典学习算法(RLS-DLA)和K-means Singular Value Decomposition Denoising (K-SVDD)得到的学习字典,通过稀疏分解,不能有效去除信号的噪声。为此,该文提出了针对CPS去噪的字典学习算法。该算法首先利用 RLS-DLA 对的字典进行学习;其次采用非线性最小二乘(NLLS)法修改了该算法对字典更新的部分;最后对训练后的字典通过对信号的稀疏表示得到重构信号。对比其它的字典学习算法,该算法的信噪比(SNR)值明显高于其它算法,而均方误差(MSE)显著低于其它算

  20. Polarization conversion in cubic Raman crystals

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    McKay, Aaron; Sabella, Alexander; Mildren, Richard P.

    2017-01-01

    Nonlinear conversion of unpolarized beams to lower frequencies is generally inefficient in c(2) materials, as it is challenging to achieve phase-matching for input ordinary and extraordinary beams simultaneously in the normal dispersion regime. Here, we show that cubic Raman crystals having doubly and triply degenerate (E and F type) modes provide a method for efficient nonlinear frequency downconversion of an unpolarized beam and yield a linearly polarized output state. Using Mueller calculus, optimal crystal directions for such polarization conversion are determined. Using diamond, an example of an F-class Raman crystal, we have verified that such conversion is possible with near quantum-defect-limited slope efficiency and a linear polarization contrast of more than 23.9 dB. PMID:28169327

  1. Weighted cubic and biharmonic splines

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    Kvasov, Boris; Kim, Tae-Wan

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the design of algorithms for interpolating discrete data by using weighted cubic and biharmonic splines in such a way that the monotonicity and convexity of the data are preserved. We formulate the problem as a differential multipoint boundary value problem and consider its finite-difference approximation. Two algorithms for automatic selection of shape control parameters (weights) are presented. For weighted biharmonic splines the resulting system of linear equations can be efficiently solved by combining Gaussian elimination with successive over-relaxation method or finite-difference schemes in fractional steps. We consider basic computational aspects and illustrate main features of this original approach.

  2. Sol-Gel Synthesis, Characterization and Optical Properties of Bi 3+ - Doped CdO Sub-Micron Size Materials

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    Sh. Khademinia

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Highly crystalline Bi3+-doped cadmium oxide (CdO sub-micron structures were synthesized by calcination the obtained precursor from a sol-gel reaction. The reaction was carried out with cadmium nitrate (Cd(NO32.4H2O, bismuth nitrate (Bi(NO33.5H2O and ethylene glycol (C2H6O2 reactants without any additives at 80°C for 2h. Resulting gel was calcined at 900 °C with increasing temperature rate of 15°C per minute for 12 h in a furnace. As a result of heating, the organic section of gel was removed and Bi3+-doped cadmium oxide micro structure was produced. The obtained compound from the sol-gel technique possesses a cubic crystalline structure at micro scale. Powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD study indicated that the obtained Bi3+-doped CdO has a cubic phase. Also, SEM images showed that the resulting material is composed of particles with the average diameter of 1 µm. Also, UV–vis and FT-IR spectroscopies were employed to characterize the Bi3+-doped CdO micro structures.

  3. Magnetization of microorganism cells by sol-gel method

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    CHEN Bo; ZHAN TianZhuo; LIAN ZhiYang; ZHANG DeYuan

    2008-01-01

    Microorganism cells could be used as templates during fabrication of magnetic or conductive microstructures in different standard shapes.In this paper,feasibility of magnetizing microorganism cells by sol-gel method,which is to coat cells of Spirulina (a type of natural micro-helical microorganism) with the ferrite (a kind of magnetic material),was discussed and investigated.Then the cell form,compo-nents and the phase structure were observed and analyzed using various tools including optical microscopy,scanning electron microscopy (SEM),energy dis-persive X-ray detector (EDX),transmission electron microscopy (TEM),and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD).Results showed that spirulina cells could be coated with ferrite after the sol-gel process,with the shape of natural helixes well kept,that the components of different sampling points on the surface layer were consistent and the thickness of layer was uniform,and that the type of the surface ferrite layer formed was cubic Fe304.It was also observed that there were nano-parUcles yielded in the cells and certain deposit on the walls between cells.The kinetics of the cell magnetization technology by sol-gel was also discussed.

  4. Magnetization of microorganism cells by sol-gel method

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    2008-01-01

    Microorganism cells could be used as templates during fabrication of magnetic or conductive microstructures in different standard shapes. In this paper, feasibility of magnetizing microorganism cells by sol-gel method, which is to coat cells of Spirulina (a type of natural micro-helical microorganism) with the ferrite (a kind of magnetic material), was discussed and investigated. Then the cell form, components and the phase structure were observed and analyzed using various tools including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Results showed that spirulina cells could be coated with ferrite after the sol-gel process, with the shape of natural helixes well kept, that the components of different sampling points on the surface layer were consistent and the thickness of layer was uniform, and that the type of the surface ferrite layer formed was cubic Fe3O4. It was also observed that there were nano-particles yielded in the cells and certain deposit on the walls between cells. The kinetics of the cell magnetization technology by sol-gel was also discussed.

  5. Determination of polar aromatic amines using newly synthesized sol-gel titanium (IV) butoxide cyanopropyltriethoxysilane as solid phase extraction sorbent.

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    Miskam, Mazidatulakmam; Abu Bakar, Nor Kartini; Mohamad, Sharifah

    2014-03-01

    A solid phase extraction (SPE) method has been developed using a newly synthesized titanium (IV) butoxide-cyanopropyltriethoxysilane (Ti-CNPrTEOS) sorbent for polar selective extraction of aromatic amines in river water sample. The effect of different parameters on the extraction recovery was studied using the SPE method. The applicability of the sorbents for the extraction of polar aromatic amines by the SPE was extensively studied and evaluated as a function of pH, conditioning solvent, sample loading volume, elution solvent and elution solvent volume. The optimum experimental conditions were sample at pH 7, dichloromethane as conditioning solvent, 10 mL sample loading volume and 5 mL of acetonitrile as the eluting solvent. Under the optimum conditions, the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) for solid phase extraction using Ti-CNPrTEOS SPE sorbent (0.01-0.2; 0.03-0.61 µg L(-1)) were lower compared with those achieved using Si-CN SPE sorbent (0.25-1.50; 1.96-3.59 µg L(-1)) and C18 SPE sorbent (0.37-0.98; 1.87-2.87 µg L(-1)) with higher selectivity towards the extraction of polar aromatic amines. The optimized procedure was successfully applied for the solid phase extraction method of selected aromatic amines in river water, waste water and tap water samples prior to the gas chromatography-flame ionization detector separation.

  6. Liquid crystalline phase as a probe for crystal engineering of lactose: carrier for pulmonary drug delivery.

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    Patil, Sharvil S; Mahadik, Kakasaheb R; Paradkar, Anant R

    2015-02-20

    The current work was undertaken to assess suitability of liquid crystalline phase for engineering of lactose crystals and their utility as a carrier in dry powder inhalation formulations. Saturated lactose solution was poured in molten glyceryl monooleate which subsequently transformed into gel. The gel microstructure was analyzed by PPL microscopy and SAXS. Lactose particles recovered from gels after 48 h were analyzed for polymorphism using techniques such as FTIR, XRD, DSC and TGA. Particle size, morphology and aerosolisation properties of prepared lactose were analyzed using Anderson cascade impactor. In situ seeding followed by growth of lactose crystals took place in gels with cubic microstructure as revealed by PPL microscopy and SAXS. Elongated (size ∼ 71 μm) lactose particles with smooth surface containing mixture of α and β-lactose was recovered from gel, however percentage of α-lactose was more as compared to β-lactose. The aerosolisation parameters such as RD, ED, %FPF and % recovery of lactose recovered from gel (LPL) were found to be comparable to Respitose® ML001. Thus LC phase (cubic) can be used for engineering of lactose crystals so as to obtain particles with smooth surface, high elongation ratio and further they can be used as carrier in DPI formulations.

  7. Transparent polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride

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    Nishiyama, Norimasa; Ishikawa, Ryo; Ohfuji, Hiroaki; Marquardt, Hauke; Kurnosov, Alexander; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kim, Byung-Nam; Yoshida, Hidehiro; Masuno, Atsunobu; Bednarcik, Jozef; Kulik, Eleonora; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Wakai, Fumihiro; Irifune, Tetsuo

    2017-01-01

    Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i.e. polycrystalline cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4). This material shows an intrinsic optical transparency over a wide range of wavelengths below its band-gap energy (258 nm) and is categorized as one of the third hardest materials next to diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN). Since the high temperature metastability of c-Si3N4 in air is superior to those of diamond and cBN, the transparent c-Si3N4 ceramic can potentially be used as a window under extremely severe conditions. PMID:28303948

  8. Influence of synthesis conditions on microstructure and phase transformations of annealed Sr2FeMoO6-x nanopowders formed by the citrate-gel method.

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    Yarmolich, Marta; Kalanda, Nikolai; Demyanov, Sergey; Terryn, Herman; Ustarroz, Jon; Silibin, Maksim; Gorokh, Gennadii

    2016-01-01

    The sequence of phase transformations during Sr2FeMoO6-x crystallization by the citrate-gel method was studied for powders synthesized with initial reagent solutions with pH values of 4, 6 and 9. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the as-produced and annealed powders had the largest Sr2FeMoO6-x agglomerates with diameters in the range of 0.7-1.2 µm. The average grain size of the powders in the dispersion grows from 250 to 550 nm with increasing pH value. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the powders annealed at different temperatures between 770 and 1270 K showed that the composition of the initially formed Sr2FeMoO6-x changes and the molybdenum content increases with further heating. This leads to a change in the Sr2FeMoO6-x crystal lattice parameters and a contraction of the cell volume. An optimized synthesis procedure based on an initial solution of pH 4 allowed a single-phase Sr2FeMoO6-x compound to be obtained with a grain size in the range of 50-120 nm and a superstructural ordering of iron and molybdenum cations of 88%.

  9. Cubic-tetragonal phase transition in Ca{sub 0.04}Sr{sub 0.96}TiO{sub 3}: a combined specific heat and neutron diffraction study

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    Gallardo, M C [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, PO Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Becerro, A I [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, Avenida Americo Vespucio s/n, 41092 Sevilla (Spain); Romero, F J [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, PO Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Cerro, J del [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, PO Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Seifert, F [Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Universitaet Bayreuth, 95440-Bayreuth (Germany); Redfern, S A T [Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2003-01-22

    The specific heat corresponding to the tetragonal-to-cubic transition in Ca{sub 0.04}Sr{sub 0.96}TiO{sub 3} perovskite has been measured by conduction calorimetry. The order parameter of the transition has been obtained by means of neutron diffraction at low temperatures. Comparison of calorimetric data with the evolution of the order parameter indicates that this transition seems to follow a mean field Landau potential as in SrTiO{sub 3}. The linear behaviour of the excess of entropy versus temperature suggests that a 2-4 Landau potential is sufficient to describe the transition.

  10. Flux pinning effect of cubic equiaxed morphology and its Ti stabilizing in Nb3Sn superconductors

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    ZHANG ChaoWu; ZHOU Lian; Andre SULPICE; Jean-Louis SOUBEYROUX; TANG XianDe; Christophe VERWAERDE; Gia Ky HOANG

    2009-01-01

    zes the cubic equiaxed phase at lower temperature so that heat reaction temperature is effectively reduced,the flux pinning performance is largely reinforced and the transport critical current density Jc is substantially promoted.

  11. Long-term consistent use of a vaginal microbicide gel among HIV-1 sero-discordant couples in a phase III clinical trial (MDP 301 in rural south-west Uganda

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    Abaasa Andrew

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A safe and effective vaginal microbicide could substantially reduce HIV acquisition for women. Consistent gel use is, however, of great importance to ensure continued protection against HIV infection, even with a safe and effective microbicide. We assessed the long-term correlates of consistent gel use in the MDP 301 clinical trial among HIV-negative women in sero-discordant couples in south-west Uganda. Methods HIV-negative women living with an HIV-infected partner were enrolled between 2005 and 2008, in a three-arm phase III microbicide trial and randomized to 2% PRO2000, 0.5% PRO2000 or placebo gel arms. Follow-up visits continued up to September 2009. The 2% arm was stopped early due to futility and the 229 women enrolled in this arm were excluded from this analysis. Data were analyzed on 544 women on the 0.5% and placebo arms who completed at least 52 weeks of follow-up, sero-converted or became pregnant before 52 weeks. Consistent gel use was defined as satisfying all of the following three conditions: (i reported gel use at the last sex act for at least 92% of the 26 scheduled visits or at least 92% of the visits attended if fewer than 26; (ii at least one used applicator returned for each visit for which gel use was reported at the last sex act; (iii attended at least 13 visits (unless the woman sero-converted or became pregnant during follow-up. Logistic regression models were fitted to investigate factors associated with consistent gel use. Results Of the 544 women, 473 (86.9% were followed for at least 52 weeks, 29 (5.3% sero-converted and 42 (7.7% became pregnant before their week 52 visit. Consistent gel use was reported by 67.8%. Women aged 25 to 34 years and those aged 35 years or older were both more than twice as likely to have reported consistently using gel compared to women aged 17 to 24 years. Living in a household with three or more rooms used for sleeping compared to one room was associated with a

  12. Tame Kernels of Pure Cubic Fields

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    Xiao Yun CHENG

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,we study the p-rank of the tame kernels of pure cubic fields.In particular,we prove that for a fixed positive integer m,there exist infinitely many pure cubic fields whose 3-rank of the tame kernel equal to m.As an application,we determine the 3-rank of their tame kernels for some special pure cubic fields.

  13. Magneto-structural studies of sol–gel synthesized nanocrystalline manganese substituted nickel ferrites

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    Pandav, R.S. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India); Patil, R.P. [Department of Chemistry, M.H. Shinde Mahavidyalaya, Tisangi 416206, MH (India); Chavan, S.S. [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India); Mulla, I.S. [Centre for Materials for Electronics and Technology (C-MET), Panchavati, Pune 411008 (India); Hankare, P.P., E-mail: p_hankare@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, MH (India)

    2016-11-01

    Nanocrystalline NiFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} (2≥x≥0) ferrites were prepared by sol–gel method. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that synthesized compounds are in single phase cubic spinel lattice for all the composition. The surface morphology of all the samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy. The particle size measured from transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction patterns confirms the nanosized dimension of the as-prepared powder. The elemental analysis was carried out by energy dispersive X-ray analysis technique. Magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanence are studied as a function of increasing Mn concentration at room temperature. The saturation magnetization shows a decreasing trend with increase in Mn content. The substitution of manganese in the nickel ferrite affects the structural and magnetic properties of cubic spinels. - Highlights: • NiFe{sub 2−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 4} system was synthesized by a chemical combustion route. • All samples shows cubic phase. • All the synthesized ferrospinels are in nanocrystalline form. • The saturation magnetization decreases with increase in Mn content.

  14. Two-dimensional cubic convolution.

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    Reichenbach, Stephen E; Geng, Frank

    2003-01-01

    The paper develops two-dimensional (2D), nonseparable, piecewise cubic convolution (PCC) for image interpolation. Traditionally, PCC has been implemented based on a one-dimensional (1D) derivation with a separable generalization to two dimensions. However, typical scenes and imaging systems are not separable, so the traditional approach is suboptimal. We develop a closed-form derivation for a two-parameter, 2D PCC kernel with support [-2,2] x [-2,2] that is constrained for continuity, smoothness, symmetry, and flat-field response. Our analyses, using several image models, including Markov random fields, demonstrate that the 2D PCC yields small improvements in interpolation fidelity over the traditional, separable approach. The constraints on the derivation can be relaxed to provide greater flexibility and performance.

  15. Hybrid Materials of Polymer Gels with Surfactants

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    Hu Yan; Kaoru Tsujii

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction Polymer gels have been extensively studied[1~17] since the discovery of volume phase-transition of a gel by Tanaka[1~5]. As a unique soft material, gels attract much attention and are tried to be applied for drug-delivery systgems[6], actuators or chemo-mechanical devices[7~9] and so on. In particular, controlled-release of small molecules from a gel is now a subject of special interest[10].

  16. Plasma simulation with the Differential Algebraic Cubic Interpolated Propagation scheme

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    Utsumi, Takayuki [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-03-01

    A computer code based on the Differential Algebraic Cubic Interpolated Propagation scheme has been developed for the numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation for a one-dimensional plasma with immobile ions. The scheme advects the distribution function and its first derivatives in the phase space for one time step by using a numerical integration method for ordinary differential equations, and reconstructs the profile in phase space by using a cubic polynomial within a grid cell. The method gives stable and accurate results, and is efficient. It is successfully applied to a number of equations; the Vlasov equation, the Boltzmann equation with the Fokker-Planck or the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook (BGK) collision term and the relativistic Vlasov equation. The method can be generalized in a straightforward way to treat cases such as problems with nonperiodic boundary conditions and higher dimensional problems. (author)

  17. Perovskite phase transformation in 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles derived by sol-gel

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    Singh, Satyendra [Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560012 (India); Applied Sciences Department, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh - 12 (India); Krupanidhi, S. B. [Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560012 (India)

    2012-01-15

    Fabrication of 0.65Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.35PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) nanoparticles with an average size of about 40 nm and their phase transformation behavior from pyrochlore to perovskite phase is investigated. A novel sol-gel method was used for the synthesis of air-stable and precipitate-free diol-based sol of PMN-PT which was dried and partially calcined at 450 deg. C for 1 h to decompose organics and bring down the free energy barrier for perovskite crystallization and then finally annealed in the temperature range 600 to 700 deg. C. Annealed at around 700 deg. C for 1 h, PMN-PT gel powder exhibited nanocrystalline morphology with perovskite phase as confirmed by the transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques.

  18. [Determination of estrogen residues in drinking water by on-line solid phase extraction based on sol-gel technique coupled with high performance liquid chromatography].

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    Li, Longfei; Su, Min; Shi, Xiaolei; Wang, Yana; Wang, Minmin; He, Jinxing

    2014-02-01

    A method for the determination of diethylstilbestrol (DES), hexestrol (HEX) and dienestrol (DS) residues in drinking water was established by on-line solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The material synthesized on the base of sol-gel technology was employed as adsorbent. This material was prepared using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) as the functional monomer, tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the crosslinking agent, and acetic acid as the initiator. The synthesized adsorbent showed outstanding property for the estrogen extraction. The estrogen can be caught effectively from water samples and the extraction can be achieved rapidly. Some important parameters, such as pH of sample solution, eluent solvents, loading flow rate, which might influence extraction efficiency, were optimized. The results indicated that the limit of detection (S/N = 3) of the developed method could reach 0.07-0.13 microg/L under the conditions of pH 7.0 of sample solution, methanol and 1% (v/v) acetic acid aqueous solution as the eluent solvent and the loading flow rate of 2 mL/min. The recoveries of the three estrogens from the water samples at three spiked levels ranged from 82.31% to 99.43% with RSD of 1.61%-7.15%. The method was simple, rapid, and suitable to detect the trace residues of estrogens in drinking water.

  19. [Rapid determination of pesticide multiresidues in porphyra by dispersive solid-phase extraction coupled with online gel permeation chromatography-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry].

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    Sun, Xiaojie; Guo, Mengmeng; Wang, Suyue; Tan, Zhijun; Li, Zhaoxin; Zhai, Yuxiu

    2014-10-01

    A rapid method for the simultaneous identification and quantification of pesticide multiresidues in porphyra was developed using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GPC-GC/MS). Nineteen pesticides (organochlorines, organophosphoruses, triazines and pyrethroids) were selected as the target analytes. The pretreatment method was applied consisting of organic solvent extraction followed by dispersive solid-phase extraction with graphitized carbon black (GCB) and primary secondary amine (PSA) adsorbents. GPC was also employed online to remove the large molecules such as pigments and lipids. The quantitative analysis was carried out by external standard method using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry in selective ion monitoring (SIM) mode. Moreover, a large volume of sample was allowed to be injected using the program of GPC programmed-temperature vaporizer of gas chromatography to improve the sensitivity of measurements. The results showed that the calibration curves were linear (r > 0.995) in the range of 10-1,000 μg/L for all the pesticides. The limits of detection (LODs) for the pesticides in porphyra were from 0.005 to 0.03 mg/kg, and the average recoveries were between 70% and 120%. The advantages of the method are simple, sensitive and shorter operation time for analysis of pesticide residues in porphyra samples.

  20. Polypyrrole/sol-gel composite as a solid-phase microextraction fiber coating for the determination of organophosphorus pesticides in water and vegetable samples.

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    Saraji, Mohammad; Rezaei, Behzad; Boroujeni, Malihe Khalili; Bidgoli, Ali Akbar Hajialiakbari

    2013-03-01

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coated with polypyrrole/sol-gel composite was prepared through electrochemical deposition. The composite polymer coating was prepared using a three-electrode electrochemical system and directly deposited on a stainless steel wire by applying a constant potential (1.2V for 1000 s). The coating has porous surface structure, stable performance in high temperature, and good coating preparation reproducibility. The SPME composite coating was evaluated by analyzing some organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) in water and vegetable samples followed by gas chromatography and nitrogen phosphorus detection. Different SPME parameters influencing the extraction efficiency such as coating thickness, salt concentration, stirring rate, extraction time and temperature, desorption time and desorption temperature were investigated. Under the optimized conditions, the coating showed better extraction efficiency than polypyrrole and commercial SPME fibers. The detection limits were 1.5-10 ng L(-1). Relative standard deviations for intra- and inter-day precision for a single fiber were in the range of 1.1-2.9% and 2.2-4.2%, respectively. Fiber to fiber reproducibility was in the range of 6.0-10.1% (n=3). The calibration curves were linear in the concentration range from 5 to 2000 ng L(-1) (r(2)>0.9953). Finally, the developed method was applied for the analysis of cucumber, lettuce, tap and well water samples and the relative recovery was found to be in the range of 80-109%, at the optimum conditions.

  1. Spectrophotometric Determination of Iron(II after Solid Phase Extraction of Its 2,2′ Bipyridine Complex on Silica Gel-Polyethylene Glycol

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    Nahid Pourreza

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new solid phase extraction procedure was developed for preconcentration of iron(II using silica gel-polyethylene glycol (silica-PEG as an adsorbent. The method is based on retention of iron(II as 2,2′ bipyridine complex on silica-PEG. The retained complex is eluted by 1.0 mol L−1 of sulfuric acid-acetone mixture (1:2 and its absorbance is measured at 518 nm, spectrophotometrically. The effects of different parameters such as pH, concentration of the reagent, eluting reagent, sample volume, amount of adsorbent, and interfering ions were investigated. The calibration graph was linear in the range of 1–60 ng mL−1 of iron(II. The limit of detection based on 3Sb was 0.57 ng mL−1 and relative standard deviations (R.S.D for ten replicate measurements of 12 and 42 ng mL−1 of iron(II were 2.4 and 1.7%, respectively. The method was applied to the determination of of iron(II in water, multivitamin tablet, and spinach samples.

  2. Carbon gel assisted low temperature liquid-phase synthesis of C-LiFePO4/graphene layers with high rate and cycle performances

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    Tang, Hongwei; Si, Yanli; Chang, Kun; Fu, Xiaoning; li, Bao; Shangguan, Enbo; Chang, Zhaorong; Yuan, Xiao-Zi; Wang, Haijiang

    2015-11-01

    Nano-scale LiFePO4/graphene oxide (GO) as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries has been successfully synthesized via a one-step carbon gel assisted liquid-phase approach at a low-temperature (108 °C) and normal pressure. C-LiFePO4/graphene layers (G) composites, composed of LiFePO4, amorphous carbon and graphene layers, are then produced after rapid high temperature carbon treatment. Interface tunnel effect, produced by the intimate contact of LiFePO4 particles with amorphous carbon and graphene layers, greatly improves the properties of the composites. Electrochemical tests indicate that the optimal amount of GO addition is 1 wt.% in terms of achieving a high electrochemical performance of the C-LiFePO4/G composites. Discharge capacity of the C-LiFePO4/G composites is 160.0 mAh g-1 at 0.2 C. When the current rate is further increased to 60 C, the discharge capacity of C-LiFePO4/G can reach 68 mAh g-1. At a high current rate of 20 C, the capacity attenuation rate of the C-LiFePO4/G electrode is only 9.6% after 200 cycles, showing excellent high-rate discharge capability and cycle performance. This is achieved under a facile synthesis condition of a simple procedure, low temperature, and normal pressure.

  3. Comparison of solid phase extraction, saponification and gel permeation chromatography for the clean-up of microwave-assisted biological extracts in the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Navarro, P; Cortazar, E; Bartolomé, L; Deusto, M; Raposo, J C; Zuloaga, O; Arana, G; Etxebarria, N

    2006-09-22

    The feasibility of different clean-up procedures was studied for the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in biota samples such as oysters, mussels and fish liver. In this sense, once the samples were extracted--essentially with acetone and in a microwave system--and before they could be analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), three different approaches were studied for the clean-up step: solid phase extraction (SPE), microwave-assisted saponification (MAS) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The main aim of this work was to maximise the recoveries of PAHs and to minimise the presence of interfering compounds in the last extract. In the case of SPE, Florisil cartridges of 1, 2 and 5 g, and silica cartridges of 5 g were studied. In that case, and with oysters and mussels, microwave-assisted extraction and 5 g Florisil cartridges provided good results. In addition, the concentrations obtained for Standard Reference Material (SRM) NIST 2977 (mussel tissue) were in good agreement with the certified values. In the case of microwave-assisted saponification, the extracts were not as clean as those obtained with 5 g Florisil and this fact lead to overestimate the concentration of the heaviest PAHs. Finally, the cleanest extracts were obtained by GPC. The method was successfully applied to mussels, oysters and hake liver, and the results obtained for NIST 2977 (mussel tissue) were within the confidence interval of the certified reference material for most of the certified analytes.

  4. Simultaneous Determination of Perfluorinated Compounds in Edible Oil by Gel-Permeation Chromatography Combined with Dispersive Solid-Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.

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    Yang, Lili; Jin, Fen; Zhang, Peng; Zhang, Yanxin; Wang, Jian; Shao, Hua; Jin, Maojun; Wang, Shanshan; Zheng, Lufei; Wang, Jing

    2015-09-30

    A simple analytical method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of 18 perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in edible oil. The target compounds were extracted by acetonitrile, purified by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and dispersive solid-phase extraction (DSPE) using graphitized carbon black (GCB) and octadecyl (C18), and analyzed by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ES-MS/MS) in negative ion mode. Recovery studies were performed at three fortification levels. The average recoveries of all target PFCs ranged from 60 to 129%, with an acceptable relative standard deviation (RSD) (1-20%, n = 3). The method detection limits (MDLs) ranged from 0.004 to 0.4 μg/kg, which was significantly improved compared with the existing liquid-liquid extraction and cleanup method. The method was successfully applied for the analysis of all target PFCs in edible oil samples collected from markets in Beijing, China, and the results revealed that C6-C10 perfluorocarboxylic acid (PFCAs) and C7 perfluorosulfonic acid PFSAs were the major PFCs detected in oil samples.

  5. Preparation of an aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica gel as a sorbent for solid-phase extraction of carboxylic acid compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Wang, Na; Guo, Yong; Wang, Licheng; Liang, Xiaojing; Liu, Shujuan; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2014-05-21

    In this paper, a kind of aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent was synthesized and used as a solid-phase extraction (SPE) sorbent for the determination of carboxylic acid compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The resultant aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and elemental analysis (EA) to ensure the successful binding of aminopropyl imidazole on the surface of silica gel. Then the aminopropyl imidazole-modified silica sorbent served as a SPE sorbent for the enrichment of carboxylic acid compounds and PAHs. The new sorbent exhibited high extraction efficiency towards the tested compounds and the results show that such a sorbent can offer multiple intermolecular interactions: electrostatic, π-π, and hydrophobic interactions. Several parameters affecting the extraction recovery, such as the pH of sample solution, the pH of eluent, the solubility of eluent, the volume of eluent, and sample loading, were also investigated. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed method was applied to the analysis of four carboxylic acid compounds and four PAHs in environmental water samples. Good linearities were obtained for all the tested compounds with R(2) larger than 0.9903. The limits of detection were found to be in the range of 0.0065-0.5 μg L(-1). The recovery values of spiked river water samples were from 63.2% to 112.3% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) less than 10.1% (n = 4).

  6. [Determination of 28 organochlorine and pyrethroid pesticides in pine nuts using solid-phase extraction and on-line gel permeation chromatography-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry].

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    Kang, Qinghe; Wu, Yan; Gao, Kaiyang; Li, Zhibin

    2009-03-01

    An analytical method has been developed for the determination of 28 organochlorine pesticides and pyrethroid pesticides in pine nuts. The sample was extracted With acetonitrile-water (4:1, v/v) as the extraction solution by means of high-speed homogenization. The crude extract was purified by an Aluminium-N solid phase extraction column to remove most of the fat and sterols in the sample, then on-line gel permeation chromatography-gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GPC-GC/MS) analysis was performed. The recoveries for the most of pesticides in the sample spiked with the standards of 0.05 mg/kg were 70%-120%, and the relative standard deviations were less than 15%. The limits of detection of 28 organochlorine pesti- and pyrethroid pesticides were 0.002-0.05 mg/kg. The linear relationship and the recovery results were satisfactory. The method is rapid, accurate, highly senstive, and can be used for the simultaneous determination of pesticide residues in pine nuts.

  7. Effects of quadratic and cubic nonlinearities on a perfectly tuned parametric amplifier

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    Neumeyer, S.; Sorokin, V. S.; Thomsen, J. J.

    2017-01-01

    We consider the performance of a parametric amplifier with perfect tuning (two-to-one ratio between the parametric and direct excitation frequencies) and quadratic and cubic nonlinearities. A forced Duffing-Mathieu equation with appended quadratic nonlinearity is considered as the model system, and approximate analytical steady-state solutions and corresponding stabilities are obtained by the method of varying amplitudes. Some general effects of pure quadratic, and mixed quadratic and cubic nonlinearities on parametric amplification are shown. In particular, the effects of mixed quadratic and cubic nonlinearities may generate additional amplitude-frequency solutions. In this case an increased response and a more phase sensitive amplitude (phase between excitation frequencies) is obtained, as compared to the case with either pure quadratic or cubic nonlinearity. Furthermore, jumps and bi-stability in the amplitude-phase characteristics are predicted, supporting previously reported experimental observations.

  8. A solid-phase microextraction coating of sol-gel-derived perhydroxy cucurbit[6]uril and its application on to the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon.

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    Dong, Nan; Li, Tao; Luo, Yujie; Shao, Lin; Tao, Zhu; Zhu, Chun

    2016-10-28

    A novel solid-phase microextraction coating that contains perhydroxy cucurbit[6]uril((OH)12Q[6]) was prepared by a sol-gel method. (OH)12Q[6] was used as a starting coating material with hydroxy-terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (OH-PDMS) to bond chemically to a fused-silica substrate using 3-(2-cyclooxypropoxyl)propyltrimethoxysilane as cross-linking agent; hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions then led to the formation of a (OH)12Q[6]/PDMS-coating. The coating has a high thermal stability (360°C), long lifetime and can withstand organic and inorganic solvent rinsing because of the chemical binding between the coating and silica substrate. Its performance was tested by headspace (HS) solid-phase microextraction fiber coupled with gas chromatography to determine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) compounds in water samples. The (OH)12Q[6]/PDMS-coated fiber exhibited higher enrichment factors from fourfold for naphthalene to tenfold for pyrene compared with commercial PDMS fiber, and the enrichment factors increased with the number of condensed PAH rings. The strong adsorption affinity is believed to be attributed to hydrogen bonding and CH⋯π interactions between PAHs and (OH)12Q[6], according to the results of quantum chemical calculations. In the PAH analysis, the (OH)12Q[6]-coated fiber showed a good repeatability (<4.7%) and reproducibility between fibers (<9.4%), low detection limits (0.03-0.15μgL(-1)), and a wide linearity (0.1-1000μgL(-1)) under optimized conditions. This method was used for the simultaneous determination of seven PAHs with satisfactory recoveries of 90.56%-107.4% for Huaxi river water samples and 90.23%-109.5% for local wastewater samples, respectively.

  9. Cubical local partial orders on cubically subdivided spaces - Existence and construction

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    Fajstrup, Lisbeth

    2006-01-01

    The geometric models of higher dimensional automata (HDA) and Dijkstra's PV-model are cubically subdivided topological spaces with a local partial order. If a cubicalization of a topological space is free of immersed cubic Möbius bands, then there are consistent choices of direction in all cubes...

  10. Cubical local partial orders on cubically subdivided spaces - existence and construction

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    Fajstrup, Lisbeth

    The geometric models of Higher Dimensional Automata and Dijkstra's PV-model are cubically subdivided topological spaces with a local partial order. If a cubicalization of a topological space is free of immersed cubic Möbius bands, then there are consistent choices of direction in all cubes...

  11. Spinor bose gases in cubic optical lattice

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    Mobarak, Mohamed Saidan Sayed Mohamed

    2014-01-27

    In recent years the quantum simulation of condensed-matter physics problems has resulted from exciting experimental progress in the realm of ultracold atoms and molecules in optical lattices. In this thesis we analyze theoretically a spinor Bose gas loaded into a three-dimensional cubic optical lattice. In order to account for different superfluid phases of spin-1 bosons with a linear Zeeman effect, we work out a Ginzburg-Landau theory for the underlying spin-1 Bose-Hubbard model. To this end we add artificial symmetry-breaking currents to the spin-1 Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian in order to break the global U (1) symmetry. With this we determine a diagrammatic expansion of the grand-canonical free energy up to fourth order in the symmetry-breaking currents and up to the leading non-trivial order in the hopping strength which is of first order. As a cross-check we demonstrate that the resulting grand-canonical free energy allows to recover the mean-field theory. Applying a Legendre transformation to the grand-canonical free energy, where the symmetry-breaking currents are transformed to order parameters, we obtain the effective Ginzburg-Landau action. With this we calculate in detail at zero temperature the Mott insulator-superfluid quantum phase boundary as well as condensate and particle number density in the superfluid phase. We find that both mean-field and Ginzburg-Landau theory yield the same quantum phase transition between the Mott insulator and superfluid phases, but the range of validity of the mean-field theory turns out to be smaller than that of the Ginzburg-Landau theory. Due to this finding we expect that the Ginzburg-Landau theory gives better results for the superfluid phase and, thus, we restrict ourselves to extremize only the effective Ginzburg-Landau action with respect to the order parameters. Without external magnetic field the superfluid phase is a polar (ferromagnetic) state for anti-ferromagnetic (ferromagnetic) interactions, i.e. only the

  12. 掺氧化钙及相变对高压下立方氧化锆电子结构和光吸收的影响%Effects of CaO-doping and the phase transition in cubic zirconia on its electronic structure and optical-absortption property at high pressure

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    高敏; 曾鸣凤; 尹君; 叶强; 何林

    2015-01-01

    研究表明,立方氧化锆可作为冲击波实验中的窗口材料。为了使得该材料在常态下保持结构稳定,需添加稳定剂———氧化钙。然而,掺杂会导致其在29 GPa的冲击压力下从立方转变为斜方II结构相。因此,该材料在冲击压缩下的电子结构和光学吸收性质以及作为光学窗口的适用压力范围是值得研究的重要问题。本文运用第一性原理的方法,分别计算了在100 GPa范围内两种结构氧化锆的电子结构和光学吸收性质。结果表明:(1)在立方结构相区,冲击压力将导致其吸收边蓝移,而在斜方II结构相区,却使得其吸收边红移;(2)在立方结构相区,掺杂将引起能隙变窄(吸收边红移),但对于斜方II相区,却导致能隙变宽(吸收边蓝移);(3)冲击结构相变使得能隙变窄,吸收边红移。本文数据建议,掺氧化钙的立方氧化锆在95 GPa的冲击压力范围内可作为光学窗口材料。%It is shown that cubic zirconia can be used as a window material in shock wave experiments .A stabi-lizer, calcium oxide, is needed to be added into this material to maintain its structural stability at ambient condi-tions.However, CaO-doping may cause a cubic-to-orthorhombic II phase transition in Zirconia occurring in a shock pressure of 29 GPa.Therefore, the electronic structure and optical -absorption property of CaO -ZrO2 un-der shock compression as well as the shock -pressure range as the optical window are some important issues . Here, electronic structure and optical -absorption property of pure and CaO -doped Zirconia with two crystal structures within 100 GPa were calculated using first -principles methods , respectively .The results show that:(1) the shock pressure leads to the blue-shift of the absorption edge in the cubic -phase region but its red-shift in orthorhombic II phase region;(2) the doping causes a band-gap decrease in the cubic -phase

  13. Preparation of nickel and Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles via extension of conventional citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid mediated sol–gel method

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    Li, Pingyun, E-mail: lpyljr@126.com; Deng, Guodong; Guo, Xiaode; Liu, Hongying; Jiang, Wei; Li, Fengsheng

    2016-05-25

    This work aims to extend the application field of sol–gel process from conventional oxides, carbides, sulfides to metallic nanocrystalline materials. Metallic ions were coordinated with chelating agents of citric acid (CA) and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in aqueous solution. Then the solutions were dried at 383 K, resulting in the formation of sol and gel. Heating treatments of dried gels were then carried out with protection of N{sub 2} atmosphere. Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles were obtained by this sol–gel method in the range of 623–823 K. The as-prepared Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles have average grain sizes of 15 and 30 nm, and have face-centred-cubic (fcc) crystalline phase. Our results provide new insight into the application of conventional sol–gel method. - Graphical abstract: Sol–gel method is conventionally applied to prepare oxides, carbides, and sulfides. In this work, the application field of sol–gel method is extended to metallic nanoparticles. By using citric acid (CA) and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) mediated sol–gel method, metallic Ni (a and c) and Ni{sub 3}Sn (b and d) alloy nanoparticles can be prepared when the heating treatments are performed under N{sub 2} protecting atmosphere. The Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles have face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystalline phase and ultrafine grain sizes. Diffraction peaks of (110) superstructure reflection plane of Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles can also be observed in Figure b, which can be considered as direct evidence of formation of alloy crystalline phase by performing this sol–gel method. - Highlights: • Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles have been prepared by sol–gel processes. • Citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid were applied as chelating agent. • Diffraction peak of superstructure reflection plane of Ni{sub 3}Sn was detected by XRD. • A novel strategy for preparation of alloy nanoparticles has been presented.

  14. Deconvoluting the Effect of the Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Domains of an Amphiphilic Integral Membrane Protein in Lipid Bicontinuous Cubic Mesophases.

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    van 't Hag, Leonie; Shen, Hsin-Hui; Lu, Jingxiong; Hawley, Adrian M; Gras, Sally L; Drummond, Calum J; Conn, Charlotte E

    2015-11-10

    Lipidic bicontinuous cubic mesophases with encapsulated amphiphilic proteins are widely used in a range of biological and biomedical applications, including in meso crystallization, as drug delivery vehicles for therapeutic proteins, and as biosensors and biofuel cells. However, the effect of amphiphilic protein encapsulation on the cubic phase nanostructure is not well-understood. In this study, we illustrate the effect of incorporating the bacterial amphiphilic membrane protein Ag43, and its individual hydrophobic β(43) and hydrophilic α(43) domains, in bicontinuous cubic mesophases. For the monoolein, monoalmitolein, and phytantriol cubic phases with and without 8% w/w cholesterol, the effect of the full length amphiphilic protein Ag43 on the cubic phase nanostructure was more significant than the sum of the individual hydrophobic β(43) and hydrophilic α(43) domains. Several factors were found to potentially influence the impact of the hydrophobic β(43) domain on the cubic phase internal nanostructure. These include the size of the hydrophobic β(43) domain relative to the thickness of the lipid bilayer, as well as its charge and diameter. The size of the hydrophilic α(43) domain relative to the water channel radius of the cubic mesophase was also found to be important. The secondary structure of the Ag43 proteins was affected by the hydrophobic thickness and physicochemical properties of the lipid bilayer and the water channel diameter of the cubic phase. Such structural changes may be small but could potentially affect membrane protein function.

  15. Gel and gel-free approaches for the quantitative characterisation of complex protein mixtures

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    Buthelezi, S

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available -dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DE gels), solution phase isoelectric focusing (IEF), offline strong cation exchange (SCX) chromatography and offline high pH reverse phase (RP) chromatography. All fractions collected from the solution-based methods were... which fractionation method between 2DE gels, solution phase IEF, SCX-RP and RP-RP results in the highest number of protein identities RESULTS When the number of protein identities in the different fractionation techniques was compared (Figure 2...

  16. Vacancy-induced mechanical stabilization of cubic tungsten nitride

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    Balasubramanian, Karthik; Khare, Sanjay; Gall, Daniel

    2016-11-01

    First-principles methods are employed to determine the structural, mechanical, and thermodynamic reasons for the experimentally reported cubic WN phase. The defect-free rocksalt phase is both mechanically and thermodynamically unstable, with a negative single crystal shear modulus C44=-86 GPa and a positive enthalpy of formation per formula unit Hf=0.623 eV with respect to molecular nitrogen and metallic W. In contrast, WN in the NbO phase is stable, with C44=175 GPa and Hf=-0.839 eV . A charge distribution analysis reveals that the application of shear strain along [100] in rocksalt WN results in an increased overlap of the t2 g orbitals which causes electron migration from the expanded to the shortened W-W bond axes, yielding a negative shear modulus due to an energy reduction associated with new bonding states 8.1-8.7 eV below the Fermi level. A corresponding shear strain in WN in the NbO phase results in an energy increase and a positive shear modulus. The mechanical stability transition from the NaCl to the NbO phase is explored using supercell calculations of the NaCl structure containing Cv=0 %-25 % cation and anion vacancies, while keeping the N-to-W ratio constant at unity. The structure is mechanically unstable for Cvconcentration, the isotropic elastic modulus E of cubic WN is zero, but increases steeply to E =445 GPa for Cv=10 % , and then less steeply to E =561 GPa for Cv=25 % . Correspondingly, the hardness estimated using Tian's model increases from 0 to 15 to 26 GPa as Cv increases from 5% to 10% to 25%, indicating that a relatively small vacancy concentration stabilizes the cubic WN phase and that the large variations in reported mechanical properties of WN can be attributed to relatively small changes in Cv.

  17. Ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride.

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    Tian, Yongjun; Xu, Bo; Yu, Dongli; Ma, Yanming; Wang, Yanbin; Jiang, Yingbing; Hu, Wentao; Tang, Chengchun; Gao, Yufei; Luo, Kun; Zhao, Zhisheng; Wang, Li-Min; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan

    2013-01-17

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) is a well known superhard material that has a wide range of industrial applications. Nanostructuring of cBN is an effective way to improve its hardness by virtue of the Hall-Petch effect--the tendency for hardness to increase with decreasing grain size. Polycrystalline cBN materials are often synthesized by using the martensitic transformation of a graphite-like BN precursor, in which high pressures and temperatures lead to puckering of the BN layers. Such approaches have led to synthetic polycrystalline cBN having grain sizes as small as ∼14 nm (refs 1, 2, 4, 5). Here we report the formation of cBN with a nanostructure dominated by fine twin domains of average thickness ∼3.8 nm. This nanotwinned cBN was synthesized from specially prepared BN precursor nanoparticles possessing onion-like nested structures with intrinsically puckered BN layers and numerous stacking faults. The resulting nanotwinned cBN bulk samples are optically transparent with a striking combination of physical properties: an extremely high Vickers hardness (exceeding 100 GPa, the optimal hardness of synthetic diamond), a high oxidization temperature (∼1,294 °C) and a large fracture toughness (>12 MPa m(1/2), well beyond the toughness of commercial cemented tungsten carbide, ∼10 MPa m(1/2)). We show that hardening of cBN is continuous with decreasing twin thickness down to the smallest sizes investigated, contrasting with the expected reverse Hall-Petch effect below a critical grain size or the twin thickness of ∼10-15 nm found in metals and alloys.

  18. Cubic to tetragonal crystal lattice reconstruction during ordering or decomposition

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    Cheong, Byung-kl [Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1992-09-01

    This thesis studied thermodynamic stability and morphology of product phases in diffusional phase transformations involving cubic-to-tetragonal crystal lattice reconstructions. Two different kinds of diffusional transformations were examined: L1{sub 0} ordering (fcc to fct lattice change) and decomposition of off-stoichiometric B2 ordering alloys accompanying bcc to fcc Bain transformation. In the first case, Fe-45 at.% Pd alloys were studied by TEM; in the second, the Bain strain relaxation during decomposition of hyper-eutectoid Cu-9.04 wt% Be alloy was studied. CuAu and InMg were also studied.

  19. Compressibility and thermal expansion of cubic silicon nitride

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Lindelov, H.; Gerward, Leif

    2002-01-01

    The compressibility and thermal expansion of the cubic silicon nitride (c-Si3N4) phase have been investigated by performing in situ x-ray powder-diffraction measurements using synchrotron radiation, complemented with computer simulations by means of first-principles calculations. The bulk...... compressibility of the c-Si3N4 phase originates from the average of both Si-N tetrahedral and octahedral compressibilities where the octahedral polyhedra are less compressible than the tetrahedral ones. The origin of the unit cell expansion is revealed to be due to the increase of the octahedral Si-N and N-N bond...

  20. Preparation of polypyrrole composite solid-phase microextraction fiber coatings by sol-gel technique for the trace analysis of polar biological volatile organic compounds.

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    Zhang, Zhuomin; Zhu, Li; Ma, Yunjian; Huang, Yichun; Li, Gongke

    2013-02-21

    Two novel polypyrrole (PPy) composite solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coatings involving polypyrrole β-naphthalenesulfonic acid (PPy/β-NSA) and polypyrrole graphene (PPy/GR) composite SPME fiber coatings were prepared by a simple sol-gel technique for selectively sampling relatively polar biological volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Crucial preparation conditions of the PPy composite SPME fiber coatings were optimized and are discussed in detail. Physical tests suggested that the PPy composite SPME fiber coatings possessed a porous surface morphology, stable chemical and thermal properties. Due to the inducing polar functional groups in the PPy molecule, the PPy composite SPME fiber coatings achieved a higher extraction capacity and special selectivity for the polar biological VOCs with conjugate structures, compared with commercial SPME fiber coatings. Enrichment factors of most of the VOCs by the PPy/β-NSA and PPy/GR SPME fibers were much higher than those achieved by common commercially available SPME fiber coatings. Finally, the PPy/β-NSA and PPy/GR SPME fiber coatings were applied for the trace analysis of typical polar VOCs from ant and coriander samples coupled with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) detection, respectively. It was satisfactory that the average contents of 4-heptanone, 4-heptanol, 4-nonanone and methyl 5-methylsalicylate from ant samples were actually found to be 28.0, 58.7, 3.0 and 0.6 μg g(-1), and the average contents of nonane, decanal, undecanal and dodecanal from coriander samples were actually found to be 0.79, 0.13, 0.06 and 0.21 μg g(-1). The results suggested that PPy composite SPME coatings will be a potentially excellent sampling technique for the trace analysis of polar biological VOCs.

  1. Dry Powder Precursors of Cubic Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles (cubosomes)

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    Spicer, Patrick T.; Small, William B.; Small, William B.; Lynch, Matthew L.; Burns, Janet L.

    2002-08-01

    Cubosomes are dispersed nanostructured particles of cubic phase liquid crystal that have stimulated significant research interest because of their potential for application in controlled-release and drug delivery. Despite the interest, cubosomes can be difficult to fabricate and stabilize with current methods. Most of the current work is limited to liquid phase processes involving high shear dispersion of bulk cubic liquid crystalline material into sub-micron particles, limiting application flexibility. In this work, two types of dry powder cubosome precursors are produced by spray-drying: (1) starch-encapsulated monoolein is produced by spray-drying a dispersion of cubic liquid crystalline particles in an aqueous starch solution and (2) dextran-encapsulated monoolein is produced by spray-drying an emulsion formed by the ethanol-dextran-monoolein-water system. The encapsulants are used to decrease powder cohesion during drying and to act as a soluble colloidal stabilizer upon hydration of the powders. Both powders are shown to form (on average) 0.6 μm colloidally-stable cubosomes upon addition to water. However, the starch powders have a broader particle size distribution than the dextran powders because of the relative ease of spraying emulsions versus dispersions. The developed processes enable the production of nanostructured cubosomes by end-users rather than just specialized researchers and allow tailoring of the surface state of the cubosomes for broader application.

  2. Safety and Efficacy of Facial Rejuvenation with Small Gel Particle Hyaluronic Acid with Lidocaine and AbobotulinumtoxinA in Post-Chemotherapy Patients: A Phase IV Investigator-initiated Study

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    Shamban, Ava

    2014-01-01

    Background: Due to advances in detection and treatment, approximately 70 percent of cancer patients are living more than five years after diagnosis. Research indicates that appearance worries are of great concern to cancer survivors impacting their quality of life. This is the first Phase IV investigator-initiated study to investigate the safety and efficacy of facial rejuvenation with small gel particle hyaluronic acid with lidocaine and abobotulinumtoxinA in post-chemotherapy patients. Meth...

  3. Cubic Curves, Finite Geometry and Cryptography

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    Bruen, A A; Wehlau, D L

    2011-01-01

    Some geometry on non-singular cubic curves, mainly over finite fields, is surveyed. Such a curve has 9,3,1 or 0 points of inflexion, and cubic curves are classified accordingly. The group structure and the possible numbers of rational points are also surveyed. A possible strengthening of the security of elliptic curve cryptography is proposed using a `shared secret' related to the group law. Cubic curves are also used in a new way to construct sets of points having various combinatorial and geometric properties that are of particular interest in finite Desarguesian planes.

  4. Generalized Vaidya spacetime for cubic gravity

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    Ruan, Shan-Ming

    2015-01-01

    We present a kind of generalized Vaidya solutions of a new cubic gravity in five dimensions whose field equations in spherically spacetime are always second order like the Lovelock gravity. We also study the thermodynamics of its apparent horizon and get its entropy expression and generalized Misner-Sharp energy. Finally we present the first law and second law hold in this gravity. Although all the results are analogue to those in Lovelock gravity, we in fact introduce the contribution of new cubic term in five dimensions where cubic Lovelock term is just zero.

  5. Cubical sets as a classifying topos

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    Spitters, Bas

    Coquand’s cubical set model for homotopy type theory provides the basis for a computational interpretation of the univalence axiom and some higher inductive types, as implemented in the cubical proof assistant. We show that the underlying cube category is the opposite of the Lawvere theory of De...... Morgan algebras. The topos of cubical sets itself classifies the theory of ‘free De Morgan algebras’. This provides us with a topos with an internal ‘interval’. Using this interval we construct a model of type theory following van den Berg and Garner. We are currently investigating the precise relation...

  6. [Sucrose gel for treatment of bacterial vaginosis: a randomized, double-blind, multi-center, parallel-group, phase III clinical trial].

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    Xiao, Bing-bing; Zhang, Dai; Chen, Rui; Shi, Hui-rong; Xin, Xiao-ran; Wang, Hui-lan; Pang, Yi-cun; Zhu, Sai-nan; Yao, Chen; Liao, Qin-ping

    2015-12-18

    To evaluate the cure effectiveness and safety of sucrose gel in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis through a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel controlled clinical study. A clinical research method of multi-center, randomly double-blind, and dose group parallel comparison was adopted. In the study, 533 patients with bacterial vaginosis were randomly divided into two groups, which included 214 cases in the control group (5.0 g metronidazole gel) and 319 cases in the trial group (5.0 g sucrose gel ). The patients were treated with different medication according to the group where they were. All the cases in these two groups were treated with drugs vaginally twice in a day, morning and evening separately, for 5 days. The curative effect and safety evaluation were assessed from 7 to 10 days and 21 to 30 days after treatment respectively. The efficacy of the comprehensive clinical treatment showed that the cure rate of metronidazole gel group and sucrose gel group were 70.53% and 80.83% respectively 7 to 10 days after treatment. The recovery rate of Nugent score for vaginal smear were 71.50% and 81.15% respectively. The differences in the efficacy between these two groups were significant statistically (P0.05) could be found in the cure rates of the two groups. The clinical comprehensive efficacy and recovery of vaginal bacteria of sucrose gel group in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis were obviously superior to those of metronidazole gel 7 to 10 days after treatment. The susucrose gel could improve the clinical efficacy index and laboratory index of bacterial vaginosis. Other effects included the release of clinical symptoms, and the recovery of the normal micro-environment in the vagina according to the Nugent score. The curative efficacy of sucrose gel was equal to that of metronidazole gel 21 to 30 days after treatment. In the future, sucrose gel treatment can be a new strategy for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis. Various advantages can be

  7. Antimicrobial efficacy of amine fluoride based tooth gels compared to a toothpaste in a phase 2/step 2 in-vitro test model

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of the present study was to determine the antimicrobial effect of various gel formulations on plaque formation; different tooth gels were compared to a toothpaste containing comparable antimicrobial ingredients with regard to its microbiocidal activity. The study was conducted under the assumption, that a chief requirement for the prevention of plaque formation is the combination of mechanical removal and antimicrobial activity, and not the sole capability of mechanical...

  8. Study of a ternary diagram gel according to a methodology of experimental research.

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    Forestier, J P; Puech, E; Tichadou, J L

    1985-10-01

    Synopsis The purpose of this work was to compare two methods to determine the formulation of a gel: a 'classical'method previously used and a rational method using matrixes based on the Scheffe algorithm which is particularly useful in the study of these type of mixtures. This gel was composed of three products: C12-C15 Alcohols Benzoate, Cyclomethicone and Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer in water. The ratios of these compounds were studied according to five criteria: compatibility between phases, consistency, whiteness, cost and 'skin spreading'. To determine the incompatibility zone inside the ternary diagram, we carried out our study by a systematic sequential walk strategy (seven experiments). Three parameters (consistency, whiteness, cost) were optimized using the Scheffe algorithm. This method only needs a limited number of experiments on which to base an empirical mathematical model of the studied phenomena as a function of the different experimental factors. The formulation is therefore discussed as a function of the first degree linear, the second degree and a third degree 'reduced cubical'model. The validity of the possible models are also discussed and the 'reduced cubical'best fits our phenomena.

  9. Determination of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in urine by hollow-fiber liquid membrane-protected solid-phase microextraction based on sol-gel fiber coating.

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    Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Amiri, Amirhassan; Rounaghi, Gholamhossein; Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Hossein

    2012-11-01

    A new rapid, simple and effective cleanup procedure is demonstrated for the determination of ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac in urine samples by using hollow-fiber liquid membrane-protected solid-phase microextraction (HFLM-SPME) based on sol-gel technique and gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID). In this technique, a sol-gel coated fiber was protected with a length of porous polypropylene hollow fiber membrane which was filled with water-immiscible organic phase. Subsequently the whole device was immersed into urine sample for extraction. Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PEG-g-MWCNTs) was used as extraction phase to prepare the sol-gel SPME fiber. Important parameters influencing the extraction efficiency such as desorption temperature and time, organic solvent, extraction temperature and time, pH, stirring speed and salt effect were investigated and optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the method detection limits (S/N=3) were in the range of 0.03-0.07ngmL(-1) and the limits of quantification (S/N=10) between 0.08 and 0.15ngmL(-1). Relative standard deviations for intra-day and inter-day precisions were 4.8-9.0% and 4.9-8.1%, respectively. Subsequently, the method was successfully applied to human urine fractions after administration of ibuprofen, naproxen and diclofenac.

  10. Synthesis of cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles as anode electrocatalysts for methanol and formic acid oxidation reactions.

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    Lee, Jin-Yeon; Kwak, Da-Hee; Lee, Young-Woo; Lee, Seul; Park, Kyung-Won

    2015-04-14

    The electrocatalytic properties for electro-oxidation reactions of shape-controlled Pt-based catalysts have been improved by alloying with 2nd elements. In this study, we demonstrate cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles synthesized using a thermal decomposition method. The cubic PtPd nanoparticles exhibit a homogeneous distribution of alloy nanostructures in the presence of Pt and Pd metallic phases. The improved electrocatalytic activity for the electro-oxidation reactions of methanol and formic acid as chemical fuels might be attributed to the cubic alloy nanostructures. Furthermore, the cubic PtPd alloy nanoparticles as electrocatalysts exhibit excellent stability for electro-oxidation reactions.

  11. Antimicrobial efficacy of amine fluoride based tooth gels compared to a toothpaste in a phase 2/step 2 in-vitro test model

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    Schiller, Anne; Großjohann, Beatrice; Welk, Alexander; Hübner, Nils-Olaf; Braun, Dagmar; Assadian, Ojan; Kramer, Axel

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of the present study was to determine the antimicrobial effect of various gel formulations on plaque formation; different tooth gels were compared to a toothpaste containing comparable antimicrobial ingredients with regard to its microbiocidal activity. The study was conducted under the assumption, that a chief requirement for the prevention of plaque formation is the combination of mechanical removal and antimicrobial activity, and not the sole capability of mechanical plaque removal. Methods: Ledermix® fluoride gel as commercially available with preservative, and without preservative and perfume oils, Elmex® gelée, and Meridol® toothpaste were tested in a standardized in-vitro test modification of the quantitative suspension test EN 1040. Instead of testing in a suspension, the respective product was directly placed on a standardized contaminated sterile stainless steel disk without adding any bio-burden. 50% egg yolk in Aqua dest. was used as a neutralizer. Results: Within 1 min, Elmex® gelée showed a RF >5 log10 against S. pyogenes and S. sanguinis. Against S. mutans, a log10 RF of ≥5 was achieved after 2 min, against C. albicans after 5 min, and against P. aeruginosa after 10 min S. aureus was the most difficult organisms to be reduced. After an application time of 10 min, only a log10 RF of 2.4 was achieved. Ledermix exceeded the antimicrobial efficacy of Elmex® gelée against S. mutans and C. albicans and was already effective against these organisms after 1 min, but did not show the same antimicrobial efficacy as Elmex® gelée against P. aeruginosa. Similar to Elmex® gelée, a required reduction of >5 log10 for antimicrobials under no organic challenge was not achieved against S. aureus. Ledermix® fluoride gel without preservatives and Ledermix® fluoride gel without preservatives and perfume oil did not show the antimicrobial efficacy of the standard Ledermix® fluoride gel formulation, indicating that the observed

  12. Soft-mode spectroscopy in cubic (Ba0.8Sr0.2)Ti0.95(Zn1/3Nb2/3)0.05O3 by hyper-Raman scattering and the mechanism of the phase transition

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    Nabil, Dhifallah; Hehlen, Bernard; El Marssi, Mimoun; Mohamed, Dammak; Khemakhem, Hamadi

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents a survey of soft modes and their relationship to structural phase transitions. After introducing the concept of a soft mode, the origin of softening is considered from a lattice-dynamical point. The Landau theory approach to structural transitions is then discussed, followed by a generalization of the soft-mode concept through the use of the dynamic order-parameter susceptibility. The hyper-Raman spectra in the cubic phase of (Ba0.8Sr0.2)Ti0.95(Zn1/3Nb2/3)0.05O3 are studied with special emphasis on the lowest-frequency phonon mode. The spectral structure is found to change above the Curie temperature (303-873 K). Soft modes were put forward by Cochran and Anderson about 50 years ago as an explanation of structural phase transitions. Extending Landau's theory of phase transitions, their prediction was that the square of the frequency of the soft mode was proportional to ω0 (T) = C √{ T - TC } where Tc is the transition temperature.

  13. Thermoresponsive Gels

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    M. Joan Taylor

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermoresponsive gelling materials constructed from natural and synthetic polymers can be used to provide triggered action and therefore customised products such as drug delivery and regenerative medicine types as well as for other industries. Some materials give Arrhenius-type viscosity changes based on coil to globule transitions. Others produce more counterintuitive responses to temperature change because of agglomeration induced by enthalpic or entropic drivers. Extensive covalent crosslinking superimposes complexity of response and the upper and lower critical solution temperatures can translate to critical volume temperatures for these swellable but insoluble gels. Their structure and volume response confer advantages for actuation though they lack robustness. Dynamic covalent bonding has created an intermediate category where shape moulding and self-healing variants are useful for several platforms. Developing synthesis methodology—for example, Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT and Atomic Transfer Radical Polymerisation (ATRP—provides an almost infinite range of materials that can be used for many of these gelling systems. For those that self-assemble into micelle systems that can gel, the upper and lower critical solution temperatures (UCST and LCST are analogous to those for simpler dispersible polymers. However, the tuned hydrophobic-hydrophilic balance plus the introduction of additional pH-sensitivity and, for instance, thermochromic response, open the potential for coupled mechanisms to create complex drug targeting effects at the cellular level.

  14. Physical chemistry studies of ionic conduction gel electrolytes for lithium batteries; Etudes physico-chimiques d'electrolytes gelifies a conduction ionique pour batteries au lithium

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    Caillon-Caravanier, M.

    2002-12-01

    With the development of new electronic technologies, the research on gel electrolytes basic properties has been widely increased. The use of these materials, produced under thin plastic films, improves the stored energy - battery volume ratio. The ionic gel conductivity, liquid-type, is ensured by the ion migration in the liquid electrolyte incorporated to the polymer network. Thus a preliminary study of liquid phases to be incorporated has been done before the gel investigation. In order to optimize the conductive properties of liquid electrolytes, a simplified model of ionic conductivity has been established. It is based on the ion pair dissociation equilibrium. The ionic mobility is supposed to be inversely proportional to the macroscopic medium viscosity. The liquid electrolytes are then incorporated in the polymer network, based on di-acrylate monomers (DAC) or fluorinated copolymer (PVdF-HFP/SiO{sub 2}). The conductivity loss of the liquid encapsulated phases, more pronounced in the DAC case, is attributed to ion-polymer network interactions, which lead to a decrease of both the concentration and the mobility of free ions in the system. In the case of gel electrolytes DAC based, these interactions are quantified from an ionic transport model, which relies on the hypothesis of a 3D quasi-cubic reticulation. This hypothesis also allows anticipating the network maximal ability to contain the liquid phase. For gel electrolytes PVdF-HFP/SiO{sub 2} based, the kinetic study of the liquid phase absorption has allowed us to optimize the elaboration conditions. The ion-ion, ion-solvent and ion-polymer interactions have. been qualitatively and quantitatively studied by the mean of Raman spectroscopy. The performance of elaborated gel electrolytes is also estimated in cyclability terms towards commercial electrodes for lithium batteries. So the gel behavior has been studied with half-batteries associating a metal lithium electrode to a carbon anode or a lithiated cobalt

  15. Synthesis of indium tin oxide nanoparticles by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method

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    Gabriel M. Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium tin oxide nanoparticles were synthesized in two different sizes by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method. These powders were then transformed into ITO via an intermediate metastable state at between 300 and 600 ºC. The presence of characteristic O-In-O and O-Sn-O bands at 480 and 670 cm-1 confirmed the formation of ITO. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated the preferential formation of metastable hexagonal phase ITO (corundum type as opposed to cubic phase ITO when the reflux time was less than 3 h and the heat treatment temperature was below 600 ºC. Particle morphology and crystal size were examined by scanning electron microscopy.

  16. MOVING SCREW DISLOCATION IN CUBIC QUASICRYSTAL

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    ZHOU Wang-min; SONG Yu-hai

    2005-01-01

    The elasticity theory of the dislocation of cubic quasicrystals is developed.The governing equations of anti-plane elasticity dynamics problem of the quasicrystals were reduced to a solution of wave equations by introducing displacement functions,and the analytical expressions of displacements, stresses and energies induced by a moving screw dislocation in the cubic quasicrystalline and the velocity limit of the dislocation were obtained. These provide important information for studying the plastic deformation of the new solid material.

  17. 2-rational Cubic Spline Involving Tension Parameters

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    M Shrivastava; J Joseph

    2000-08-01

    In the present paper, 1-piecewise rational cubic spline function involving tension parameters is considered which produces a monotonic interpolant to a given monotonic data set. It is observed that under certain conditions the interpolant preserves the convexity property of the data set. The existence and uniqueness of a 2-rational cubic spline interpolant are established. The error analysis of the spline interpolant is also given.

  18. Semisymmetric Cubic Graphs of Order 162

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    Mehdi Alaeiyan; Hamid A Tavallaee; B N Onagh

    2010-02-01

    An undirected graph without isolated vertices is said to be semisymmetric if its full automorphism group acts transitively on its edge set but not on its vertex set. In this paper, we inquire the existence of connected semisymmetric cubic graphs of order 162. It is shown that for every odd prime , there exists a semisymmetric cubic graph of order 162 and its structure is explicitly specified by giving the corresponding voltage rules generating the covering projections.

  19. Cubical version of combinatorial differential forms

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    Kock, Anders

    2010-01-01

    The theory of combinatorial differential forms is usually presented in simplicial terms. We present here a cubical version; it depends on the possibility of forming affine combinations of mutual neighbour points in a manifold, in the context of synthetic differential geometry.......The theory of combinatorial differential forms is usually presented in simplicial terms. We present here a cubical version; it depends on the possibility of forming affine combinations of mutual neighbour points in a manifold, in the context of synthetic differential geometry....

  20. Structural, magnetic and gas sensing properties of nanosized copper ferrite powder synthesized by sol gel combustion technique

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    Sumangala, T.P.; Mahender, C. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Barnabe, A. [Université de Toulouse, Institut Carnot CIRIMAT – UMR CNRS-UPS-INP 5085, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 31062 (France); Venkataramani, N. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Prasad, Shiva, E-mail: shiva.pd@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Stoichiometric nano sized copper ferrite particles were synthesized by sol gel combustion technique. They were then calcined at various temperatures ranging from 300–800 °C and were either furnace cooled or quenched in liquid nitrogen. A high magnetisation value of 48.2 emu/g signifying the cubic phase of copper ferrite, was obtained for sample quenched to liquid nitrogen temperature from 800 °C. The ethanol sensing response of the samples was studied and a maximum of 86% response was obtained for 500 ppm ethanol in the case of a furnace cooled sample calcined at 800 °C. The chemical sensing is seen to be correlated with the c/a ratio and is best in the case of tetragonal copper ferrite. - Highlights: • One of the first study on ethanol sensing of cubic copper ferrite. • In-situ High temperature XRD done shows phase transition from cubic to tetragonal. • A non-monotonic increase in magnetization was seen with calcination temperature. • A response of 86% was obtained towards 500 ppm ethanol. • Tried to correlate sensing response and ion content in spinel structure.

  1. Nd-doped barium titanate ceramics with various Ti/Ba ratios prepared by sol-gel method

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    SHI Qizhen; CUI Bin; WANG Hui; TIAN Jing; CHANG Zhuguo; HOU Yudong

    2005-01-01

    The Nd-doped BaTiO3 nanocrystalline powders and ceramics with different Ti/Ba ratios were prepared by sol-gel method. Phases and microstructures of the Nd-doped BaTiO3based powders and ceramics were characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM methods. The results revealed that the powders synthesized by sol-gel method were nanometer scale (30-60 nm)and were mainly composed of cubic BaTiO3 with a small amount of BaCO3. After sintering at high temperature, both cubic BaTiO3 and BaCO3 were transformed into tetrahedron BaTiO3 phase.The dielectric properties of the ceramics were also determined and the influence of Ti/Ba ratio on the dielectric properties was discussed. The Tc did not change with the variation of Ti/Ba ratio,while the εmax increased firstly and then decreased. The excess TiO2 is benefit for the modification of ceramics' microstructure and dielectric properties.

  2. Synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured neodymium titanium oxides by sol-gel process: Controlling the phase composition, crystal structure and grain size

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    Mohammadi, M.R., E-mail: mrm41@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Street, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Fray, D.J., E-mail: djf25@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-01

    Nanocrystalline neodymium titanium oxide thin films and powders with different phase compositions with mesoporous structure were produced by a straightforward particulate sol-gel route. The sols were prepared in various Nd:Ti molar ratios and they showed a narrow particle size distribution in the range 20-26 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed that the powders contained mixtures of Nd{sub 4}Ti{sub 9}O{sub 24}, Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 11}, Nd{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} for titanium dominant powders (Nd:Ti {<=} 45:60), mixtures of Nd{sub 2}TiO{sub 5} and Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} for neodymium dominant powders (Nd:Ti {>=} 75:25) and pure Nd{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} phase for equal molar ratio of Nd:Ti, depending on the annealing temperature and Nd:Ti molar ratio. Moreover, it was found that Nd:Ti molar ratio influences the preferable orientation growth of the neodymium titanium oxide compounds. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images confirmed that the average crystallite size of the powders annealed at 400 {sup o}C was in the range 1.0-2.8 nm and a gradual increase was occurred up to 6.7 nm by heat treatment at 1000 {sup o}C. The activation energy of crystal growth reduced with a decrease of Nd:Ti molar ratio, calculated in the range 6.90-18.12 kJ mol{sup -1}. Low activation energies indicating that the grain size will not change much with increase in temperature. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) analysis revealed that the deposited thin films had uniform, mesoporous and nanocrystalline structure. Moreover, atomic force microscope (AFM) images presented that the thin films had a columnar like morphology with average grain size in the range 17-30 nm at 600 {sup o}C and 47-60 nm at 800 {sup o}C, depending upon the Nd:Ti molar ratio. Based on Brunauer-Emmett-Taylor (BET) analysis, the synthesized powders showed mesoporous structure containing pores with sphere like shapes. The surface area of the

  3. Metal-silica sol-gel materials

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    Stiegman, Albert E. (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to a single phase metal-silica sol-gel glass formed by the co-condensation of a transition metal with silicon atoms where the metal atoms are uniformly distributed within the sol-gel glass as individual metal centers. Any transition metal may be used in the sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to sensor materials where the sensor material is formed using the single phase metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The sensor materials may be in the form of a thin film or may be attached to an optical fiber. The present invention also relates to a method of sensing chemicals using the chemical sensors by monitoring the chromatic change of the metal-silica sol-gel glass when the chemical binds to the sensor. The present invention also relates to oxidation catalysts where a metal-silica sol-gel glass catalyzes the reaction. The present invention also relates to a method of performing oxidation reactions using the metal-silica sol-gel glasses. The present invention also relates to organopolymer metal-silica sol-gel composites where the pores of the metal-silica sol-gel glasses are filled with an organic polymer polymerized by the sol-gel glass.

  4. SODIUM DI-N-DODECYL PHOSPHATE VESICLES IN AQUEOUS-SOLUTION - EFFECTS OF ETHANOL, PROPANOL, AND TETRAHYDROFURAN ON THE GEL TO LIQUID-PHASE TRANSITION

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    BLANDAMER, MJ; BRIGGS, B; BUTT, MD; WATERS, M; CULLIS, PM; ENGBERTS, JBFN; HOEKSTRA, D; MOHANTY, RK

    1994-01-01

    For aqueous solutions containing vesicles formed by sodium di-n-dodecyl phosphate, the gel to liquid-crystal transition occurs near 35 degrees C, the temperature T-m. When ethanol is added, T-m decreases, but the scan shows evidence of several transitions as more alcohol is added. The effect of adde

  5. Interpolation by two-dimensional cubic convolution

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    Shi, Jiazheng; Reichenbach, Stephen E.

    2003-08-01

    This paper presents results of image interpolation with an improved method for two-dimensional cubic convolution. Convolution with a piecewise cubic is one of the most popular methods for image reconstruction, but the traditional approach uses a separable two-dimensional convolution kernel that is based on a one-dimensional derivation. The traditional, separable method is sub-optimal for the usual case of non-separable images. The improved method in this paper implements the most general non-separable, two-dimensional, piecewise-cubic interpolator with constraints for symmetry, continuity, and smoothness. The improved method of two-dimensional cubic convolution has three parameters that can be tuned to yield maximal fidelity for specific scene ensembles characterized by autocorrelation or power-spectrum. This paper illustrates examples for several scene models (a circular disk of parametric size, a square pulse with parametric rotation, and a Markov random field with parametric spatial detail) and actual images -- presenting the optimal parameters and the resulting fidelity for each model. In these examples, improved two-dimensional cubic convolution is superior to several other popular small-kernel interpolation methods.

  6. Hairy black holes in cubic quasi-topological gravity

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    Dykaar, Hannah; Hennigar, Robie A.; Mann, Robert B.

    2017-05-01

    We construct a class of five dimensional black hole solutions to cubic quasi-topological gravity with conformal scalar hair and study their thermodynamics. We find these black holes provide the second example of black hole λ-lines: a line of second order (continuous) phase transitions, akin to the fluid/superfluid transition of 4He. Examples of isolated critical points are found for spherical black holes, marking the first in the literature to date. We also find various novel and interesting phase structures, including an isolated critical point occurring in conjunction with a double reentrant phase transition. The AdS vacua of the theory are studied, finding ghost-free configurations where the scalar field takes on a non-zero constant value, in notable contrast to the five dimensional Lovelock case.

  7. Cubical Cohomology Ring of 3D Photographs

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    Gonzalez-Diaz, Rocio; Medrano, Belen; 10.1002/ima.20271

    2011-01-01

    Cohomology and cohomology ring of three-dimensional (3D) objects are topological invariants that characterize holes and their relations. Cohomology ring has been traditionally computed on simplicial complexes. Nevertheless, cubical complexes deal directly with the voxels in 3D images, no additional triangulation is necessary, facilitating efficient algorithms for the computation of topological invariants in the image context. In this paper, we present formulas to directly compute the cohomology ring of 3D cubical complexes without making use of any additional triangulation. Starting from a cubical complex $Q$ that represents a 3D binary-valued digital picture whose foreground has one connected component, we compute first the cohomological information on the boundary of the object, $\\partial Q$ by an incremental technique; then, using a face reduction algorithm, we compute it on the whole object; finally, applying the mentioned formulas, the cohomology ring is computed from such information.

  8. Synthesis and electrochemistry of cubic rocksalt Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds in the phase diagram of LiNiO{sub 2}-LiTiO{sub 2}-Li[Li{sub 1/3}Ti{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2}

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    Zhang, Lianqi; Noguchi, Hideyuki; Li, Decheng; Muta, Takahisa; Wang, Xiaoqing; Yoshio, Masaki [Department of Applied Chemistry, Saga University, Saga 840-8052 (Japan); Taniguchi, Izumi [Department of Chemical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 12-1, Ookayama-2, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2008-10-15

    On the basis of extreme similarity between the triangle phase diagrams of LiNiO{sub 2}-LiTiO{sub 2}-Li[Li{sub 1/3}Ti{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2} and LiNiO{sub 2}-LiMnO{sub 2}-Li[Li{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2}, new Li-Ni-Ti-O series with a nominal composition of Li{sub 1+z/3}Ni{sub 1/2-z/2}Ti{sub 1/2+z/6}O{sub 2} (0 {<=} z {<=} 0.5) was designed and attempted to prepare via a spray-drying method. XRD identified that new Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds had cubic rocksalt structure, in which Li, Ni and Ti were evenly distributed on the octahedral sites in cubic closely packed lattice of oxygen ions. They can be considered as the solid solution between cubic LiNi{sub 1/2}Ti{sub 1/2}O{sub 2} and Li[Li{sub 1/3}Ti{sub 2/3}]O{sub 2} (high temperature form). Charge-discharge tests showed that Li-Ni-Ti-O compounds with appropriate compositions could display a considerable capacity (more than 80 mAh g{sup -1} for 0.2 {<=} z {<=} 0.27) at room temperature in the voltage range of 4.5-2.5 V and good electrochemical properties within respect to capacity (more than 150 mAh g{sup -1} for 0 {<=} z {<=} 0.27), cycleability and rate capability at an elevated temperature of 50 C. These suggest that the disordered cubic structure in some cases may function as a good host structure for intercalation/deintercalation of Li{sup +}. A preliminary electrochemical comparison between Li{sub 1+z/3}Ni{sub 1/2-z/2}Ti{sub 1/2+z/6}O{sub 2} (0 {<=} z {<=} 0.5) and Li{sub 6/5}Ni{sub 2/5}Ti{sub 2/5}O{sub 2} indicated that charge-discharge mechanism based on Ni redox at the voltage of >3.0 V behaved somewhat differently, that is, Ni could be reduced to +2 in Li{sub 1+z/3}Ni{sub 1/2-z/2}Ti{sub 1/2+z/6}O{sub 2} while +3 in Li{sub 6/5}Ni{sub 2/5}Ti{sub 2/5}O{sub 2}. Reduction of Ti{sup 4+} at a plateau of around 2.3 V could be clearly detected in Li{sub 1+z/3}Ni{sub 1/2-z/2}Ti{sub 1/2+z/6}O{sub 2} with 0.27 {<=} z {<=} 0.5 at 50 C after a deep charge associated with charge compensation from oxygen ion during initial cycle

  9. Purely cubic action for string field theory

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    Horowitz, G. T.; Lykken, J.; Rohm, R.; Strominger, A.

    1986-01-01

    It is shown that Witten's (1986) open-bosonic-string field-theory action and a closed-string analog can be written as a purely cubic interaction term. The conventional form of the action arises by expansion around particular solutions of the classical equations of motion. The explicit background dependence of the conventional action via the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin operator is eliminated in the cubic formulation. A closed-form expression is found for the full nonlinear gauge-transformation law.

  10. Purely cubic action for string field theory

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    Horowitz, G. T.; Lykken, J.; Rohm, R.; Strominger, A.

    1986-01-01

    It is shown that Witten's (1986) open-bosonic-string field-theory action and a closed-string analog can be written as a purely cubic interaction term. The conventional form of the action arises by expansion around particular solutions of the classical equations of motion. The explicit background dependence of the conventional action via the Becchi-Rouet-Stora-Tyutin operator is eliminated in the cubic formulation. A closed-form expression is found for the full nonlinear gauge-transformation law.

  11. Preparation of a novel ionic hybrid stationary phase by non-covalent functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with amino-derivatized silica gel for fast HPLC separation of aromatic compounds.

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    Aral, Hayriye; Çelik, K Serdar; Aral, Tarık; Topal, Giray

    2016-03-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were immobilized on spherical silica gel with a 4-μm average particle size and a 60-Å average pore size. The amino-derivatized silica gel was non-covalently coated with carboxylated SWCNTs to preserve the structure of the nanotubes and their physico-chemical properties. The novel ionic hybrid stationary phase was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infra-red (IR) spectroscopy and elemental analysis, and then, it was used to fill an empty 150×4.6mm(2) high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) column. Chromatographic parameters, such as the theoretical plate number, retention factor and peak asymmetry factor, and analytical parameters, such as the limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), linear range, calibration equation, and R(2) value, and quantitative analysis parameters were calculated for all of the analytes. Using different mobile phases, five different classes of aromatic hydrocarbons were separated in a very short analysis time of 4-8min. Furthermore, a high theoretical plate number (up to 25000) and an excellent peak asymmetry factor (1.0) were obtained. The results showed that the surface of the SWNTs had very strong interactions with aromatic groups, therefore providing high selectivity for the separation of different classes of aromatic compounds. This study indicates that SWCNTs enable the extension of the application range of the newly prepared stationary phases for the fast separation of aromatic compounds by HPLC.

  12. Morphological and structural evolution of the anatase phase of silicon modified titanium dioxide obtained by Sol-gel; Evolucao estrutural e morfologica da fase anatase de dioxido de titanio modificada com silicio obtido pelo Metodo Sol-Gel

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    Lopes, S.A.; Oliveira, C.T.; Ciola, R.A.; Cavalheiro, A.A., E-mail: silvanicelopes@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Mato Grosso do Sul (CPTREN/UEMS), Navirai, MS (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas Tecnologicas em Recursos Naturais

    2011-07-01

    The photonic efficiency of the titanium dioxide photocatalyst is dependent on the crystalline structure and the anatase phase presents high efficiency in the border region between the UV-B and UV-A, with a redox potential sufficient to generate hydroxyl radicals and superoxide ion in order to oxidate organic compounds. In spite of the organic matter degradation effectiveness, the efficiency can be reduced substantially due to the presence of crystalline defects, which act as premature recombination centers of the electron-hole pair. The increasing of calcining temperature allows the elimination of most of these defects, but the structural ordering at temperatures around 600°C eventually leads to the phase transition toward rutile, which is not photoactive. In this work, it was demonstrated through FTIR and XRD that the silicon modifier presence stabilizes the anatase phase even at temperatures as high as 900°C. (author)

  13. Mixed structural face-centered cubic and body-centered cubic orders in near stoichiometric Fe2MnGa alloys

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    Kudryavtsev, Y. V.; Perekos, A. E.; Uvarov, N. V.; Kolchiba, M. R.; Synoradzki, K.; Dubowik, J.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetic and transport properties of near stoichiometric metastable FexMnyGaz alloys (46 ≤ x ≤ 52, 17 ≤ y ≤ 25, 26 ≤ z ≤ 30) with face-centered cubic (FCC), body-centered cubic (BCC), and two-phase (FCC + BCC) structures are investigated. The experimental results are analyzed in terms of first-principles calculations of stoichiometric Fe2MnGa alloy with the L21, L12, and the tetragonally distorted L21 structural orderings. It is shown that the pure BCC and FCC phases have distinct magnetic and transport properties. Two-phase Fe2MnGa alloys have magnetic and transport properties typical of the mixed BCC and FCC phases. Among the investigated alloys, Fe46Mn24Ga30 has a martensitic transformation accompanied with significant changes of its magnetic and transport properties.

  14. Dual phase polymer gel electrolyte based on non-woven poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene)–layered clay nanocomposite fibrous membranes for lithium ion batteries

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    Shubha, Nageswaran [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Prasanth, Raghavan [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Energy Research Institute - NTU (ERI-N) Research Techno Plaza, 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); TUM-CREATE Center for Electromobility, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); Hoon, Hng Huey [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Srinivasan, Madhavi, E-mail: madhavi@ntu.edu.sg [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Block N4.1, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Energy Research Institute - NTU (ERI-N) Research Techno Plaza, 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); TUM-CREATE Center for Electromobility, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637553 (Singapore)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► P(VdF-co-HFP)–clay nanocomposite based electrospun membranes are prepared. ► The membranes are used as polymer gel electrolyte (PGE) in lithium ion batteries. ► The composite PGE shows ionic conductivity of 5.5 mS cm{sup −1} at room temperature. ► Li/PGE/LiFePO{sub 4} cell delivers initial discharge capacity of 160 mAh g{sup −1}. ► The use of prepared electrolyte significantly improved the cell performance. -- Abstract: A new approach for fabricating polymer gel electrolytes (PGEs) based on electrospun poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VdF-co-HFP)) incorporated with layered nanoclay has been employed to enhance the ionic conductivity and electrochemical properties of P(VdF-co-HFP) without compromising its mechanical strength. The effect of layered nanoclay on properties of membranes has been evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Surface morphology of the membranes has been studied using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Polymer gel electrolytes are prepared by soaking the fibrous membrane into 1 M LiPF{sub 6} in EC/DEC. The electrochemical studies show that incorporation of layered nanoclay into the polymer matrix greatly enhanced the ionic conductivity and compatibility with lithium electrodes. The charge–discharge properties and cycling performance of Li/LiFePO{sub 4} cells comprising nanocomposite polymer gel electrolytes have been evaluated at room temperature.

  15. Sol-Gel Derived Eu3+-Doped Gd2Ti2O7 Pyrochlore Nanopowders

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    Sanja Ćulubrk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Herein we presented hydrolytic sol-gel synthesis and photoluminescent properties of Eu3+-doped Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore nanopowders. According to Gd2Ti2O7 precursor gel thermal analysis a temperature of 840°C is identified for the formation of the crystalline pyrochlore phase. Obtained samples were systematically characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The powders consist of well-crystalline cubic nanocrystallites of approximately 20 nm in size as evidenced from X-ray diffraction. The scanning and transmission electron microscopy shows that investigated Eu3+-doped Gd2Ti2O7 nanopowders consist of compact, dense aggregates composed entirely of nanoparticles with variable both shape and dimension. The influence of Eu3+ ions concentration on the optical properties, namely, photoluminescence emission and decay time, is measured and discussed. Emission intensity as a function of Eu3+ ions concentration shows that Gd2Ti2O7 host can accept Eu3+ ions in concentrations up to 10 at.%. On the other hand, lifetime values are similar up to 3 at.% (~2.7 ms and experience decrease at higher concentrations (2.4 ms for 10 at.% Eu3+. Moreover, photoluminescent spectra and lifetime values clearly revealed presence of structural defects in sol-gel derived materials proposing photoluminescent spectroscopy as a sensitive tool for monitoring structural changes in both steady state and lifetime domains.

  16. Gels and lyotropic liquid crystals: using an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant in binary solvents.

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    Cheng, Ni; Hu, Qiongzheng; Bi, Yanhui; Xu, Wenwen; Gong, Yanjun; Yu, Li

    2014-08-01

    The self-assembly behavior of an imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dodecylsulfate ([C4mim][C12H25SO4]), was investigated in water-ethylammonium nitrate (EAN) mixed solvents with different volume ratios. It is particular interesting that this simple surfactant could not only form lyotropic liquid crystals (LLC) with multimesophases, i.e., normal hexagonal (H1), lamellar liquid crystal (Lα), and reverse bicontinuous cubic phase (V2), in the water-rich environment but also act as an efficient low-molecular-weight gelator (LMWG) which gelated EAN-abundant binary media in a broad concentration range. The peculiar nanodisk cluster morphology of gels composed of similar bilayer units was first observed. FT-IR spectra and density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that strong H bonding and electrostatic interactions between EAN and the headgroups of [C4mim][C12H25SO4] are primarily responsible for gelation. The self-assembled gels displayed excellent mechanical strength and a thermoreversible sol-gel transition. It is for the first time that a rich variety of controllable ordered aggregates could be observed only by simply modulating the concentration of a single imidazolium-based catanionic surfactant or the ratio of mixed solvents. This environmentally friendly system is expected to have broad applications in various fields, such as materials science, drug delivery systems, and supramolecular chemistry.

  17. pH-responsive lyotropic liquid crystals for the preparation of pure cubic zirconia nanoparticles

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    He, Wei Yan; Liu, Jin Rong; He, Zhang; Cao, Zhen Zhu; Li, Cai Hong; Gao, Yan Fang

    2016-07-01

    We present a lyotropic liquid crystal system consisting of SDS/Triton X-100/water at 25 °C. This system is respond to pH variations with a phase switch. When pH is altered from alkaline (pH 13) to acidic (pH 2) conditions, phase change occurs from a bicontinuous hexagonal phase to a partially hexagonal phase until it disappears. The hexagonal phase under alkaline conditions is stable. Thus, this system is an ideal candidate for the preparation of pure cubic ZrO2 nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that the as-synthesized powder is composed of pure cubic ZrO2. These nanoparticles also exhibit a thermal stability of up to 800 °C. The size and morphological characteristics of the nanoparticles are greatly affected by ZrOCl2 concentration. The mechanism of zirconia nanoparticle synthesis in a lyotropic hexagonal phase was proposed.

  18. pH-responsive lyotropic liquid crystals for the preparation of pure cubic zirconia nanoparticles

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    He, Wei Yan; Liu, Jin Rong; He, Zhang; Cao, Zhen Zhu; Li, Cai Hong; Gao, Yan Fang [Inner Mongolia University of Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, Hohhot (China)

    2016-07-15

    We present a lyotropic liquid crystal system consisting of SDS/Triton X-100/water at 25 C. This system is respond to pH variations with a phase switch. When pH is altered from alkaline (pH 13) to acidic (pH 2) conditions, phase change occurs from a bicontinuous hexagonal phase to a partially hexagonal phase until it disappears. The hexagonal phase under alkaline conditions is stable. Thus, this system is an ideal candidate for the preparation of pure cubic ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that the as-synthesized powder is composed of pure cubic ZrO{sub 2}. These nanoparticles also exhibit a thermal stability of up to 800 C. The size and morphological characteristics of the nanoparticles are greatly affected by ZrOCl{sub 2} concentration. The mechanism of zirconia nanoparticle synthesis in a lyotropic hexagonal phase was proposed. (orig.)

  19. A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Vehicle-Controlled Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Metronidazole Vaginal Gel 1.3% in the Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis.

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    Schwebke, Jane R; Marrazzo, Jeanne; Beelen, Andrew P; Sobel, Jack D

    2015-07-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV), a prevalent infection in women of reproductive age, is associated with increased risk of upper genital tract and sexually transmitted infections, and complications in pregnancy. Currently approved treatments include metronidazole, which requires once or twice daily intravaginal administration for 5 days or twice daily oral administration for 7 days. This phase 3 study determined the safety and efficacy of single-dose metronidazole vaginal gel (MVG) 1.3%. In this double-blind, vehicle-controlled study, 651 women with clinical diagnosis of BV were randomized 1:1 to receive MVG 1.3% or vehicle vaginal gel. Primary efficacy measure was clinical cure (normal discharge, negative "whiff test," and <20% clue cells) at day 21. Secondary measures included therapeutic cure (both clinical and bacteriological; day 21) and bacteriologic cure (Nugent score <4), clinical cure, and time to resolution of symptoms (day 7). A total of 487 participants were included in the primary analysis. Clinical and therapeutic cure rates (day 21) were higher in participants treated with MVG 1.3% compared with vehicle gel (37.2% vs. 26.6% [P = 0.010] and 16.8% vs. 7.2% [P = 0.001], respectively). Clinical and bacteriologic cure rates (day 7) were also higher in the MVG 1.3% group (46.0% vs. 20.0% [P < 0.001] and 32.7% vs. 6.3% [P < 0.001], respectively). The median time to resolution of symptoms was shorter in the MVG 1.3% (day 6) than vehicle group (not reached). No serious adverse events were reported, and incidence was similar across treatment groups. Single-dose MVG 1.3% was safe and superior to vehicle gel in producing cure among women with BV.

  20. DEFICIENT CUBIC SPLINES WITH AVERAGE SLOPE MATCHING

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    V. B. Das; A. Kumar

    2005-01-01

    We obtain a deficient cubic spline function which matches the functions with certain area matching over a greater mesh intervals, and also provides a greater flexibility in replacing area matching as interpolation. We also study their convergence properties to the interpolating functions.

  1. Counting rational points on cubic curves

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    HEATH-BROWN; Roger; TESTA; Damiano

    2010-01-01

    We prove upper bounds for the number of rational points on non-singular cubic curves defined over the rationals.The bounds are uniform in the curve and involve the rank of the corresponding Jacobian.The method used in the proof is a combination of the "determinant method" with an m-descent on the curve.

  2. CONSTRAINED RATIONAL CUBIC SPLINE AND ITS APPLICATION

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    Qi Duan; Huan-ling Zhang; Xiang Lai; Nan Xie; Fu-hua (Frank) Cheng

    2001-01-01

    In this paper, a kind of rational cubic interpolation functionwith linear denominator is constructed. The constrained interpolation with constraint on shape of the interpolating curves and on the second-order derivative of the interpolating function is studied by using this interpolation, and as the consequent result, the convex interpolation conditions have been derived.

  3. Binomial Squares in Pure Cubic Number Fields

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    Lemmermeyer, Franz

    2011-01-01

    Let K = Q(\\omega) with \\omega^3 = m be a pure cubic number field. We show that the elements\\alpha \\in K^\\times whose squares have the form a - \\omega form a group isomorphic to the group of rational points on the elliptic curve E_m: y^2= x^3 - m.

  4. The cactus rank of cubic forms

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    Bernardi, Alessandra

    2011-01-01

    We prove that the smallest degree of an apolar 0-dimensional scheme to a general cubic form in $n+1$ variables is at most $2n+2$, when $n\\geq 8$, and therefore smaller than the rank of the form. When n=8 we show that the bound is sharp, i.e. the smallest degree of an apolar subscheme is 18.

  5. Preparation, characterization, and applications of a novel solid-phase microextraction fiber by sol-gel technology on the surface of stainless steel wire for determination of poly cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aquatic environmental samples

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    Es-haghi, Ali, E-mail: a.eshaghi@rvsri.ac.ir [Department of Physico Chemistry, Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, PO Box 31975/148, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hosseininasab, Valiallah; Bagheri, Habib [Environmental and Bio-Analytical Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11365-9516, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber was prepared using sol–gel technology. • Sol–gel coating was performed on stainless steel substrate. • The new fibers are robust and unbreakable with temperature stability. • The fibers were used for extraction of PAHs from aqueous samples. Abstract: A novel solid-phase microextraction(SPME) fiber was prepared using sol–gel technology with ethoxylated nonylphenol as a fiber coating material. The fiber was employed to develop a headspace SPME–GC–MS method suitable for quantification of 13 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in water samples. Surface characteristics of the fibers were inspected by energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy as well as by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM measurements showed the presence of highly porous nano-sized particles in the coating. Important parameters affecting the extraction efficiency such as extraction temperature and time, desorption conditions as well as ionic strength have been evaluated and optimized. In the next step, the validation of the new method have been performed, finding it to be specific in the trace analysis of PAHs, with the limit of detection (LOD) ranging from 0.01 to 0.5 μg L⁻¹ and the linear range from the respective LOD to 200 μg L⁻¹with RSD amounting to less than 8%. The thermal stability of the fibers was investigated as well and they were found to be durable at 280 °C for 345 min. Furthermore, the proposed method was successfully applied for quantification of PAHs in real water samples.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of nanosized MgxMn1-xFe2O4 ferrites by both sol-gel and thermal decomposition methods

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    De-León-Prado, Laura Elena; Cortés-Hernández, Dora Alicia; Almanza-Robles, José Manuel; Escobedo-Bocardo, José Concepción; Sánchez, Javier; Reyes-Rdz, Pamela Yajaira; Jasso-Terán, Rosario Argentina; Hurtado-López, Gilberto Francisco

    2017-04-01

    This work reports the synthesis of MgxMn1-xFe2O4 (x=0-1) nanoparticles by both sol-gel and thermal decomposition methods. In order to determine the effect of synthesis conditions on the crystal structure and magnetic properties of the ferrites, the synthesis was carried out varying some parameters, including composition. By both methods it was possible to obtain ferrites having a single crystalline phase with cubic inverse spinel structure and a behavior near to that of superparamagnetic materials. Saturation magnetization values were higher for materials synthesized by sol-gel. Furthermore, in both cases particles have a spherical-like morphology and nanometric sizes (11-15 nm). Therefore, these materials can be used as thermoseeds for the treatment of cancer by magnetic hyperthermia.

  7. Spatial 't Hooft loop to cubic order in hot QCD

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    Giovannangeli, P

    2002-01-01

    Spatial 't Hooft loops of strength k measure the qualitative change in the behaviour of electric colour flux in confined and deconfined phase of SU (N) gauge theory. They show an area law in the deconfined phase, known analytica lly to two loop order with a ``k-scaling'' law k(N-k). In this paper we comput e the O(g^3) correction to the tension. It is due to neutral gluon fields that get their mass through interaction with the wall. The simple k-scaling is lost in cubic order. The generic problem of non-convexity shows up in this order an d the cure is provided. The result for large N is explicitely given. We show tha t nonperturbative effects appear at O(g^5).

  8. Characterizations of Tb:Zn2SiO4 films on silicon wafer prepared by sol-gel dip-coating and solid-phase reaction

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    Ji Zhen-Guo; Zhao Shi-Chao; Xiang Yin; Song Yong-Liang; Ye Zhi-Zhen

    2004-01-01

    Terbium-doped Zn2SiO4 films were successfully prepared on Si wafers by a simple sol-gel dip-coating and solidphase reaction method of ZnO and SiO2. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis absorption results revealed that films processed below 850℃ were ZnO in wurzite structure, and films processed above 850℃ were Zn2SiO4 in wellimite structure. Photoluminescence measurements of the Tb-doped Zn2SiO4 films showed two strong emission bands at 490and 545nm. The photoluminescence lifetime was 4.6ms.

  9. Study of hafnium (IV) oxide nanoparticles synthesized by polymerized complex and polymer precursor derived sol-gel methods

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    Ramos-González, R.

    2010-03-01

    This work reports the preparation and characterization of hafnium (IV) oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles grown by derived sol-gel routes that involves the formation of an organic polymeric network. A comparison between polymerized complex (PC) and polymer precursor (PP) methods is presented. For the PC method, citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) are used as the chelating and polymerizable reagents, respectively. In the case of PP method, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is used as the chelating reagent. In both cases, different precursor gels were prepared and the hafnium (IV) chloride (HfCl4) molar ratio was varied from 0.1 to 1.0 for the PC method and from 0.05 to 0.5 for the PP method. In order to obtain the nanoparticles, the precursors were heat treated at 500 and 800 °C. The thermal characterization of the precursor gels was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and the structural and morphological characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the samples obtained by both methods shows the formation of HfO2 at 500 °C with monoclinic crystalline phase. The PC method exhibited also the cubic phase. Finally, the HfO2 nanoparticles size (4 to 11 nm) was determined by TEM and XRD patterns. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  10. High Impulse Nanoparticulate-Based Gel Propellants Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposed Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I addresses the development of advanced gel propellants and determination of their suitability for...

  11. CT-guided percutaneous intratumoral chemotherapy with a novel cisplatin/epinephrine injectable gel for the treatment of unresectable malignant liver tumors; CT-gesteuerte perkutane intratumorale Chemotherapie mit Cisplatin-/Adrenalin-Gel zur Behandlung inoperabler maligner Lebertumoren. Ergebnisse einer klinischen Phase-II-Pruefung

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    Engelmann, K.; Mack, M.G.; Straub, R.; Eichler, K.; Zangos, S.; Vogl, T.J. [Universitaetsklinikum Frankfurt (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Orenberg, E. [Matrix Pharmaceutical Inc., Fremont, CA (United States)

    2000-12-01

    Purpose: To evaluate prospectively the volumetric changes of tumor and necrosis in unresectable malignant liver tumors and the clinical aspects after CT-guided direct intratumoral administration of a novel cisplatin/epinephrine injectable gel in a clinical phase II study. Patients and methods: 8 patients with 17 colorectal liver metastases with a mean volume of 42 ml were treated with a mean of 5.1 injections and 8 patients with 11 HCC nodules (mean volume of 22.1 ml) with a mean of 3.25 treatments with CT-guided local administration of a novel cisplatin/epinephrine gel. This method of administration provides a higher local and lower systemic drug concentration. Volumes of tumor and necrosis prior to and after treatment were measured by computer-generated volumetric analysis. Results: Contrast-enhanced studies verified pretherapeutic tumor necrosis with a value of 12.6% in the metastases and 0.6% in the HCC nodules. Intratumoral drug administration resulted in a necrotic volume of 110% in metastases and 128% in HCC versus the mean initial tumor volume, at least 4 treatments resulted in 122% necrosis in metastases and 130% in HCC. Local therapy control rate for the follow-up to 6 months was 38% and 83.3% for the group of metastases and HCC, respectively. Conclusions: Direct intratumoral injection of a novel cisplatin/epinephrine injectable gel results in an induction of a relevant necrosis in malignant liver tumors, with a substantially higher local therapy control rate for HCC compared to colorectal metastases. (orig.) [German] Zielsetzung: Evaluation der Volumenaenderungen von Tumor und Nekrose nach CT-gesteuerter perkutaner intratumoraler Injektion eines neuartigen Cisplatin-/Adrenalin-Gels sowie der klinischen Aspekte diesewr Therapie bei Patienten mit inoperablen malignen Lebertumoren im Rahmen einer klinischen Phase-II-Studie. Patienten und Methoden: 8 Patienten mit 17 kolorektalen Lebermetastasen mit einem mittleren Volumen von 42 ml wurden mit

  12. Impact of phase separation of soy protein isolate/sodium alginate co-blending mixtures on gelation dynamics and gels properties.

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    Pan, Hongyang; Xu, Xueming; Tian, Yaoqi; Jiao, Aiquan; Jiang, Bo; Chen, Jie; Jin, Zhengyu

    2015-07-10

    The influence of sodium alginate (SA) on soy protein isolate (SPI)-based co-blending system gelling properties was studied under thermodynamic compatibility and incompatibility conditions using a direct addition (SPI/SA) or co-drying (SPI/SA-CO) process. For an SPI/SA (30:1) or SPI/SA-CO (30:1) system, the addition of too little SA did not significantly modify the SPI, and the gelation temperature (Tgel) and storage modulus (G') were similar to an SPI solution alone. For SPI/SA (20:1) and SPI/SA-CO (10:1), the Tgel and G' were between the values for solutions of SPI or SA alone; however, SPI/SA-CO (20:1) and SPI/SA-CO (10:1) gels could nearly double the equilibrium value of G' (Geq'), thus improving the barrier and mechanical properties of the final formed films. The cryo-transmission electron microscope morphology of the SPI/SA-CO (20:1) and SPI/SA-CO (10:1) systems after heating was of the core-shell type in which the core comprised SPI gel.

  13. Critical temperature of noninteracting bosonic gases in cubic optical lattices at arbitrary integer fillings.

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    Rakhimov, Abdulla; Askerzade, Iman N

    2014-09-01

    We have shown that the critical temperature of a Bose-Einstein condensate to a normal phase transition of noninteracting bosons in cubic optical lattices has a linear dependence on the filling factor, especially at large densities. The condensed fraction exhibits a linear power law dependence on temperature in contrast to the case of ideal homogeneous Bose gases.

  14. On an infinite sequence of invariant measures for the cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation

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    Peter E. Zhidkov

    2001-01-01

    We consider the Cauchy problem periodic in the spatial variable for the usual cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation and construct an infinite sequence of invariant measures associated with higher conservation laws for dynamical systems generated by this problem on appropriate phase spaces. In addition, we obtain sufficient conditions for the boundedness of the measures constructed.

  15. Calculated Pourbaix Diagrams of Cubic Perovskites for Water Splitting: Stability Against Corrosion

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    Castelli, Ivano Eligio; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel

    2014-01-01

    We use density functional theory calculations to investigate the stability of cubic perovskites for photo-electrochemical water splitting taking both materials in their bulk crystal structure and dissolved phases into account. The method is validated through a detailed comparison of the calculated...

  16. Determination of asphaltene onset conditions using the cubic plus association equation of state

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    Arya, Alay; von Solms, Nicolas; Kontogeorgis, Georgios M.

    2015-01-01

    The cubic-plus-association (CPA) equation of state (EoS) has already been proven to be a successful model for phase equilibrium calculations for systems containing associating components and has already been applied for asphaltene modeling by few researchers. In the present work, we apply the CPA...

  17. Face-Centered-Cubic Nanostructured Polymer Foams

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    Cui, C.; Baughman, R. H.; Liu, L. M.; Zakhidov, A. A.; Khayrullin, I. I.

    1998-03-01

    Beautifully iridescent polymer foams having Fm-3m cubic symmetry and periodicities on the scale of the wavelength of light have been synthesized by the templating of porous synthetic opals. These fabrication processes involve the filling of porous SiO2 opals (with typical cubic lattice parameters of 250 nm) with either polymers or polymer precursors, polymerization of the precursors if necessary, and removal of the fcc array of SiO2 balls to provide an all-polymer structure. The structures of these foams are similar to periodic minimal surfaces, although the Gaussian curvature can have both positive and negative values. Depending upon whether the internal surfaces of the opal are polymer filled or polymer coated, the polymer replica has either one or two sets of independent channels. We fill these channels with semiconductors, metals, or superconductors to provide electronic and optical materials with novel properties dependent on the nanoscale periodicity.

  18. Cubic Polynomials with Rational Roots and Critical Points

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    Gupta, Shiv K.; Szymanski, Waclaw

    2010-01-01

    If you want your students to graph a cubic polynomial, it is best to give them one with rational roots and critical points. In this paper, we describe completely all such cubics and explain how to generate them.

  19. Use of Pom Pons to Illustrate Cubic Crystal Structures.

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    Cady, Susan G.

    1997-01-01

    Describes a method that uses olefin pom pons to illustrate cubic crystal structure. Facilitates hands-on examination of different packing arrangements such as hexagonal close-packed and cubic close-packed structures. (JRH)

  20. Shape preserving rational bi-cubic function

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    Malik Zawwar Hussain

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The study is dedicated to the development of shape preserving interpolation scheme for monotone and convex data. A rational bi-cubic function with parameters is used for interpolation. To preserve the shape of monotone and convex data, the simple data dependent constraints are developed on these parameters in each rectangular patch. The developed scheme of this paper is confined, cheap to run and produce smooth surfaces.